On Saturday evening, Spivey Hall welcomes the Ebène Quartet for a concert of music featuring string quartets by Mozart and Debussy.
Lois Reitzes spoke with Ebène Quartet cellist Raphaël Merlin about the ensemble's evening of classical, jazz and crossover arrangements. Merlin told Reitzes that when it comes to approaching seemingly disparate styles of music, he cites the wisdom of (fellow classical/jazz/crossover musician) Nigel Kennedy:
"When I play classical, I am respecting the notes and taking freedom with the rhythm, and when I play jazz I am respecting the rhythm and taking freedom with the notes."
The Ebène Quartet plays Spivey Hall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There is a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.