Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the SIMÓN BOLÍVAR STRING QUARTET is composed of principal musicians – Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violins; Ismel Campos, viola; and Aimon Mata, cello – of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This group arose from the need of its members to come into contact with chamber music and the wealth of resources it can offer, which benefit not only its musicians, but also the children and young people who make up the Fundacíon, led by José Antonio Abreu.
Robert Sean Leonard most recently appeared on stage as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion at the Williamstown Theater Festival and before that, as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London.
BEN TOTH has served as musical director/vocal coach/arranger for some of the most popular actor/singers currently working on the stage, including Lea Michele, Taye Diggs, Cheyenne Jackson, and Mandy Patinkin, with whom he performed to critical acclaim at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End. This past summer, Ben played for Tony/Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl and he continues to perform with Kristin in concerts and private events around the country.
Condola Rashad received a 2012 Tony Nomination for her performance in Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys and a 2013 Tony Nomination for her performance in A Trip to Bountiful opposite Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. Previously. She received rave reviews for her performance in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Ruined, a role which garnered her a TheatreWorld Award as well as a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination. Recently Rashad starred in Romeo & Juliet as the Juliet to Orlando Bloom's Romeo.
Joe Morton is currently impressing audiences and fans with his portrayal of Rowan Pope on the ABC hit series Scandal.
In addition to the two major premieres – from composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) and icon Philip Glass – you’ll hear two recent string quartets and the piece that made Caroline Shaw the youngest ever Pulitzer-winner for Music.