"Iva Bittová is an extraordinary artist. Raw and defined, passionate and contained, she has the soul of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius." -NPR, All Things Considered
"The Calder Quartet is always ready to stretch boundaries." -Los Angeles Times
Moravian fiddler and singer Iva Bittová joins the revered young Calder Quartet in a concert program of great charm and wit. String quartets by Leoš Janácek and Béla Bartó k are interspersed and augmented by the singularly magical presence of Bittová, who performs solo and as a "fifth member" of the quartet. This classical music collaboration of the year shines a spotlight on Eastern Europe, and especially the Czech Republic. $30, $26; CMA members $29, $25
These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund. Additional support has been provided by the Musart Society. Media sponsor is WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream.