Darlington had the opportunity to collaborate with the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation on Sunday, June 6, for the Dover Quartet concert. This experience also provided an opportunity for some of our orchestra students and teachers to perform! We were excited to participate in and sponsor this event because of the connection it makes to our mission and the opportunity it is providing for our students.
At Darlington, it’s all about the individual student experience. Every student’s path is different, and we think that’s a good thing. As we like to say, “Only when you’re 100% you are you 100% Darlington.” So we empower each of our students to explore passions, discover opportunities, and make connections during their time at Darlington -- along the way learning meaningful skills that will serve them well in college and in life.
This collaborative effort was an example of that and how our community comes together to support the arts. We are grateful to be part of a greater community that encourages collaborations like this. Darlington always looks forward to partnering with the arts organizations in Rome and working together to find new ways to promote the arts and provide unique opportunities for students and our community at large. Bringing the Dover Quartet to Rome and this incredible community space was an example of this effort.
These musicians have individual journeys and they are impressive. I would encourage you to learn more by going to their website, which has recordings and other wonderful information. The accolades and awards are amazing, and the individual talent and skill that each of these performers carries individually only blossoms into the beautiful music that they play together as an ensemble.
They’ve traveled the world and draw from the lineage of the distinguished Guarneri, Cleveland and Vermeer quartets, and each of them studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s school of music. The Dover Quartet has a rich heritage even with its name, paying tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alum Samuel Barber. There is a wealth of experience and many connections that precede and follow this group, so we were thrilled to have Joel Link, Bryan Lee, Milena Pajaro-van de stadt and Camden Shaw in Rome and on the stage of the Historic DeSoto Theatre!