Samford String Quartet – A First for the Series!
The Music at Messiah Classical Concert Series are pleased to present the “Samford String Quartet” on Sunday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Students of classical and their families encouraged to attend.
The Quartet, comprised of Jeffrey Flaniken, violin, Caroline Nordlund, violin, Angela Flaniken, viola, and Samuel Nordlund, cello, are affiliated with Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
They are the first string quartet to be featured by the Series which is now in its fourth year.
Since its inception in 2011, the Samford String Quartet has enjoyed playing concerts in various parts of the United States and the world. The quartet was launched through a generous endowment from an anonymous couple who loves music and loves Samford University. The ensemble received critical acclaim from its premiere concert. The Birmingham News extolled its “finely blended sound” and “rhythmic energy”. They added, “This quartet is on a fast track to putting Samford and Birmingham on the chamber music map”. The Samford Quartet has performed together in England, France, the Dominican Republic, and many places in the United States. They successfully performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016. In addition to performing standard quartet literature, the SQ is also interested in playing very new music, Appalachian music, and sacred music. In the spring of 2016, they gave the world premiere of Joel S. Davis’ first string quartet: Vespers.
The Samford Quartet also has taken the initiative to play for thousands of students in their schools across the United States. The players interact with the students through performances, teaching and masterclasses.
The Samford String Quartet of Birmingham, Alabama