Lyricosa String Quartet

Sunday, August 27
3:00 p.m.


Haydn: String Quartet, Opus 20, no. 2
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 131

The Haydn and Beethoven bookend what we often consider the classical string quartet. Haydn had already written a number of quartets, but the Opus 20 works are where we really see Haydn's mastery of the medium. The parts show more equality, this quartet actually opens with the cello playing the theme accompanied by the second violin and viola. Each movement showing Haydn's inventiveness, closing with a fugue with four subjects.

Beethoven's Opus 131, considered Beethoven's favorite, breaks away from the traditional form, with seven movements played without a break. Schubert remarked, "what is there for us to write after this?"

We often think of Webern as a composer of serial or atonal music but Langsamer Satz, written in 1905 is a short work written in a chromatic late romantic style, reminiscent of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht.

Lauded for their “beautiful, rich tone…and stylish phrasing” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), the Lyricosa Quartet is a vibrant new string quartet based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in the spring of 2018, their combined goal is to reach a vast depth of intimacy and understanding in each work they play and to share that journey with their audiences



Piedmont Music Center

212 N Broad St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Carol Chung

Violinist Carol Chung enjoys an active freelancing career as a concertmaster, chamber musician, coach and teacher. She currently serves as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera Orchestra and is the first violinist of the Lyricosa Quartet. She has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony since 2000, either as a substitute or in an acting section capacity. In the summer, she serves on the artist faculty of the Renova Music Festival in western Pennsylvania, coaching chamber music and teaching Alexander Technique. Carol also maintains private teaching studios in both violin and Alexander Technique and coaches youth chamber music groups for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. She holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed and worked with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, Cavani and Juilliard Quartets.

Lucy Greenleaf

Lucy Greenleaf regularly performs with the North Carolina Opera orchestra and as a substitute violinist in the North Carolina Symphony. She also performs often for shows at DPAC, including the American Ballet Theatre. Lucy earned her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University. She continued her education with a Master’s degree in Music from San Francisco Conservatory with a focus in chamber music and baroque studies.

Simon Ertz

Simon Ertz is principal viola of the Winston Salem Symphony and the North Carolina Opera Orchestra and plays as a regular substitute in both the Charlotte Symphony and North Carolina and teaches viola at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Simon was the violist with the Degas Quartet from 2002 until 2012, as a member of the Degas Quartet Simon has performed in venues across the country including appearing as guest artists at the Aspen Music festival, the Chicago Chamber Music Society and at the Library of Congress where he performed on the Tuscan Medici Stradivarius.

Simon Ertz plays a viola made by his brother, Neil Ertz.

Rosalind Leavell

Rosalind Leavell regularly performs with the Carolina Ballet and as a substitute cellist in the North Carolina Symphony. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and then continued her education at the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. While living in Minnesota, Rosalind was the Principal Cellist of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She performed as a substitute cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and as a soloist with the Bloomington (MN) Symphony Orchestra and the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Rosalind is on the faculty of Triangle Area Suzuki Talent Education, a Suzuki school in Raleigh. She also maintains a large private cello studio with students of all ages and levels.