IU Summer Music Festival: Sarah Kapustin And The Rubens Quartet

There are many young and established quartets playing today; Sarah Kapustin has given some thought to how the Rubens Quartet can carve out its own niche.

Rubens Quartet

Photo: Photo courtesy of the Rubens Quartet

The members of the Rubens Quartet at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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The Rubens Quartet at Indiana University Summer Music Festival


Auer Hall

Friday, July 2 and Saturday July 3, 2010

Sarah Kapustin brings her Rubens Quartet to IU’s Jacobs School of Music’s Summer Music Festival for their first time this summer. For her, it’s a homecoming.

A graduate of the Jacobs School, Kapustin got her grounding in quartet playing as a member of School’s Dubinsky Quartet. “I and three friends from Wisconsin actually got together and played for Mr. Dubinsky while we were still in high school. Then we came to IU, and stayed together all four years.”

Since then, Kapustin went on to a career as a soloist and chamber music player. She’s been a frequent summer visitor. “I always enjoy coming back to Bloomington. And this summer I’m very pleased that I’ve convinced my partners in the Rubens Quartet to join me.”

Finding Their Place

Given that there are many young and established quartets playing today, Kapustin has given some thought to how the Rubens Quartet can carve out its own niche. One way to do that is by developing new repertoire.

“Of course, like all quartets, we do play the standard repertoire: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. But we actually have our own composer too. He’s a young guy, Joey Roukens. He’s just twenty-seven, but he’s already establishing himself. At IU we’re playing his Earnest and Game. It’s a really neat piece and we’re the only group that has it at this time.”

“In addition, we’re also pretty creative in the places we choose to play and in the audiences that we play for. Concert halls, yes! But we’re also active in churches, schools and community centers. We play for children, for adults, and for older adults as well.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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