Hickory – Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS), the professional orchestra of the western foothills of North Carolina, presents CHAMBER CLASSICS: THE BALOURDET QUARTET on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block. The award-winning string quartet will perform Seven Limbs (2021) by Douglas J. Cuomo, Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 4, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 13, Grosse Fuge.Western Piedmont Symphony

Prepare yourself for an evening of expressive transcendence as the Balourdet Quartet takes you on a Cosmic Serenade musical journey through time and space. Currently in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program, the quartet features violinists Angela Bae and Justin DeFilippis, violist Benjamin Zannoni, and cellist Russell Houston.

The new quartet Seven Limbs by noted television (theme for “Sex and the City”), film, and classical composer Douglas J. Cuomo “transports us into the world of meditation and Buddhist prayer. Felix Mendelssohn wrote some of his most passionate and sublime music in his E Minor Quartet, reflective of the emotional journey of what it means to come of age. To round out the program, Beethoven’s monumental Opus 130, the Cavatina from which was sent into the stars on the Voyager space crafts, will be presented in a version with the Grosse Fuge, a powerful finale that feels as brand new and electric as the day it was written in 1825,” added the Quartet.

Chamber Classics tickets are $25; students $10 (17 & under or w/valid student ID). Purchase by visiting WPSymphony.org/Tickets, call 828.324.8603, or visit the WPS Box Office, located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Drendel Auditorium is located at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC, 28601, part of the SALT Block campus. Concessions will be available for purchase before the program and during intermission. Please note: All programs, artists, venues, prices, and dates are subject to change.

Photo: The Balourdet Quartet performs April 1.