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Cecilia String Quartet play Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival / ArtsATL review

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On Monday, members of the Cecilia String Quartet, violinist Scott St. John and pianist Julie Coucheron performed a recital of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers, North Carolina, as part of this year's Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The same program was performed in Highlands the night before. The Cecilias and St. John had also played another pair of Highlands-Cashiers concerts with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman on Friday and Saturday. Monday's recital was their final appearance in the festival.

I say "members of the Cecilia Quartet" since an unusual circumstance affected the entire weekend's events. The quartet's regular first violinist, Min-Jeong Koh, was unavailable, on tour in China at the same time the group was scheduled to play these Highlands-Cashiers concerts. This conflict was known well in advance, so the remaining Cecilias - violinist Sarah Nematallah, violist Caitlin Boyle and cellist Rachel Desoer - asked William Ransom, the festival's artistic director, if they could still perform, albeit with St. John substituting for Koh. Ransom agreed.  READ THE FULL ArtsATL REVIEW