2019-2020 Season Announcement

Carya String Quartet Announces 2019-2020 Season

Three unique programs performed across the Greater Houston Area

  • Oct. 10 Season opening Kickoff! Happy Hour with Cultured Cocktails at Bar Boheme

  • Oct. 11 Season Opening “Dedications” program presented at Archway Gallery

  • Oct. 12 Party, Silent Auction, and Season Opening “Dedications” program presented at the Virtuosi of Houston studio in Memorial City Mall

HOUSTON — The Carya String Quartet (Eugeniu Cheremoush and Laura Cividino, violins; Rainey Weber, viola; and Sonya Matoussova, cello) will launch their second season with three events from October 10 to 12. 

On Thursday, October 10, the public is invited to join the Carya String Quartet at Bar Boheme to raise a glass and raise money to support the season through the Cultured Cocktails program sponsored by Boheme and Fresh Arts. The 5:00-8:00 pm happy hour will include a preview performance by the quartet, a raffle for tickets to upcoming concerts, and an opportunity to get to know the musicians. 

The festivities continue on Friday, October 11, at 7:00 pm at Archway Gallery with the first performance of “Dedications,” a program which explores how cross-cultural and cross-generational influences can inspire the creator and the listener. 

Finally, at 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 12, the Carya String Quartet will throw a party at the Virtuosi of Houston Studio. The evening will include a full performance of “Dedications,” a raffle, and a silent auction. Admission to both the October 11 and October 12 performances will be by voluntary contribution (suggested amount $20 adults/$10 for students). All money raised during the Season Opening weekend will support upcoming concerts for the year, as well as the quartet’s educational initiatives. 

The 2019-2020 season will continue on November 22 with a performance of “Dedications” at New Hope Lutheran Church, as part of their Phil Kramer Recital Series. In February of 2020, the Carya Quartet will present “Sea Changes,” a program which explores how the immigrant experience shapes musical identity. In May of 2020, the quartet will present their final program of the season: “Indigo Impressions,” which delves into the confluence of Jazz and the Impressionist Movement. Additionally, on May 15, 2020, the Carya String Quartet will join forces with the Westheimer String Quartet for a performance of the beloved Mendelssohn Octet at the MATCH. Details for all concerts can be found on www.caryaquartet.org/events

“I am truly excited about our programs for this second season,” says violinist Laura Cividino. “The variety of the pieces we will perform offer something for every ear. There will be classical music works from different eras— classical to contemporary— as well as folk and pop inspired works. I am equally excited about our collaborative concert with Westheimer String Quartet, which will bring us to perform together in the heart of Houston!” The majority of concerts presented by the Carya String Quartet are free to the public and presented in multiple locations, increasing accessibility both financially and geographically for their audience. Donations can be made to support the Carya String Quartet’s mission through their fiscal sponsor, Fresh Arts, at https://www.fresharts.org/fiscal-sponsorship-donations/.

2019-2020 Season:

Season Kickoff: Cultured Cocktails Happy Hour Sponsored by Bar Boheme and Fresh Arts

    • Thursday, October 10, 5:00-8:00 pm. Boheme, 307 Fairview Ave, Houston, Texas 77006.

“Dedications” — Music of Glazunov, Mozart, and Shostakovich

    • Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St., Houston, Texas 77006.

    • Saturday, October 12, 6:30 pm. Virtuosi of Houston Studio, Memorial City Mall— Suite #235, 303 Memorial City, Houston, Texas 77024.

    • Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm. New Hope Lutheran Church,1424 FM-1092, Missouri City, Texas 77459

“Sea Changes” — Music of Ichmouratov, DBR, and Stravinksy

    • Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church,15415 N Eldridge Pkwy, Cypress, Texas 77429.

    • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 pm. Conservatory at Cinco Ranch, 23922 Cinco Village Center Blvd, Katy Texas 77494.

“Indigo Impressions”— Music of Brouwer, Debussy, and Ellington/Chihara

    • Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm. Memorial Classical Music Series. Address available by RSVP.

“Octet” — Music of Bolcom, DBR, and Mendelssohn

    • Friday, May 15, 7:30 pm. MATCH, 3400 Main St., Houston, 77002.


Founded in the spring of 2018, the Carya String Quartet is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to performing string quartet repertoire new and old from around the world. Drawn together by Houston’s international and inclusive arts culture, the members- Eugeniu Cheremoush, Laura Cividino, Sonya Matoussova, and Rainey Weber- hail from Moldova, Italy, Russia and Canada, and the United States, respectively. They bring their individual experiences as performers and teaching artists to create inclusive concerts and innovative educational programming. Outside of the Carya Quartet, Mr. Cheremoush, Ms. Cividino, Ms. Matoussova, and Ms. Weber can be seen performing with the Terra Nostra Ensemble, Da Camera, Mercury, Bach Society Houston, Austin Baroque, Texas New Music Ensemble, Music for the Forgotten Project, and the Houston New Arts Movement. Individual bios and full performance schedule can be found at www.caryaquartet.org.  

The Carya String Quartet is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in support of the Carya String Quartet must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Season Opening Success

The Carya String Quartet's season opening concert on August 25th was a rousing success. With a packed house at Virtuosi of Houston's Memorial Mall Studio, the quartet performed Hadyn, Smith, and Piazzolla and raised over $1500 towards their inaugural season. All the money raised goes directly to supporting community performances and educational programs. If you would like to donate today to help support the Carya String Quartet's mission, please visit their fiscal sponsorship page through Fresh Arts. There is still much to be done! 

Thank you to Forest Photography for the wonderful pictures below.