Telegraph Quartet & Abigail Fischer to World Premeire ‘Contrapassos’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet will premiere “Contrapassos” on June 18 and 21, 2022.

The work by composer Robert Sirota and librettist Stevan Cavalier will star soprano Abigail Fischer and will be paired with music by Beethoven and Schoenberg.

“The piece begins with memories of the quotidian joys of childhood, quickly turning to darkness and thoughts of early death by suicide, heart attacks in middle age, and final judgment. And yet throughout, there is the vigorous embrace of abundant life, of the beauty of our world, and of our striving for faith,” Sirota noted in an official press statement.

The opening performance will take place at Grace Presbyterian Chuch with the latter one set to appear at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral as part of the Noon Concerts series.

Fischer has appeared with such organizations as Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Rhode Island Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Boston Baroque, and Mercury Orchestra Houston, among others.

The work was commissioned by the Sierra Chamber Society.