"It was hard to find parking at the Cleland Theatre last Saturday, a good omen for the quality of the community concert I was about to attend. The New Orford String Quartet was gracing Penticton with its appearance.
Following the tradition of Canada’s famous Orford String Quartet of the 1960s to 1990s, four principal players of the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras formed this amazing ensemble in 2009. They have garnered rave reviews and nominations since. A gentle, sophisticated sound with rich dynamic shadings filled the auditorium in Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20 No. 4. Haydn’s writing was equally appealing and interesting for all four instruments. Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan traded off theme melodies. Violist Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker had prominent parts in the second movement which featured a theme with variations. A light-hearted Hungarian dance preceded a spirited finale performed with brilliance and precision..."