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For this performance, the acclaimed Amernet String Quartet teams up with violist Chauncey Patterson for a sampling of Mozart’s Viola Quintets. This concert is free, no ticket required. Sponsored by a grant from the City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council.


About the Amernet String Quartet
Misha Vitenson, Violin
Franz Felkl, Violin
Michael Klotz, Viola
Jason Calloway, Cello

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” http://amernetquartet.com/


About Chauncey Patterson

Chauncey Patterson has garnered an impressive career as chamber musician, teacher, soloist, and orchestral player. He began his professional career at the age of 23 as Assistant Principal Viola of the Denver Symphony, and was eventually appointed Principal Viola by  Music Director Phillipe Entremont.  His next post was Principal Viola of the Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of Seymon Bychkov.  During his stay in Buffalo, Mr. Patterson was offered and accepted the viola position in the award-winning Miami String Quartet.  During his 15 year tenure, the MSQ garnered awards in the quartet competitions of London and Evian, in addition to being the first string quartet to win the Concert Artist Guild New York Competition. The Quartet toured the U.S. extensively playing virtually every high profile venue including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl.

He currently resides in Miami, Florida where he serves as Solo Viola of the Florida Grand Opera and interim professor of viola at the Frost School of Music, as well as violist in the Bergonzi String Quartet.  Educaton has been a major component of Chauncey’s career; his faculty affiliations  include: The Cleveland Institute of Music, Blossom School of Music, Kent State University, Hartt School of Music, Encore School for Strings, Eastern Music Festival, University of Charleston (W.V.), University of Denver, New World School of the Arts, Florida International University, and The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  Chauncey started playing the viola at the age of 8 in the Burlington, North Carolina Public School System.  He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Certificate from The Curtis Institute of Music.  His major teachers were  Ann Woodward, Robert Vernon,  Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree.


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