WILMINGTON — Skyline Chili isn’t the only acclaimed 4-Way in the Queen City — 4-Way is also the name of Cincinnati’s String Quartet, which will perform a Friday afternoon concert Friday, April 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Wilmington College’s Heiland Theatre.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by WC’s Music Department. 4-Way will present a program of classical music throughout history while also offering what music professor Dr. Brianna Matzke describes as a “fun and informative” talk.
4-Way, Cincinnati’s String Quartet, is committed to sharing the joy of making music with underserved children in Cincinnati. Members provide free lessons and small ensemble experiences through the 4-Way String Project at Woodford Paideia School in Kennedy Heights.
Indeed, each Tuesday afternoon after school, the children work with Angela Carota, Woodford’s music teacher (she’s also a concert pianist and a former Fulbright scholar) on movement and musicianship practice.
During the afternoon, they each have a private lesson on violin, viola or cello, and play in small ensembles, learning to be leaders, cooperate and to work as part of a team.
4-Way is comprised of violinists Sujean Kim, Jack Bogard, Kevin Boden and cellist Nat Chaitkin.
Kim has been widely praised for her dynamism as a concertmaster, chamber musician and soloist, and, since the age of 10, she has appeared on television programs such as Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and “That’s Incredible!” and has played in concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and at the White House.
Bogard first picked up the Irish Fiddle when he was seven years old. Finding his way to classical violin, he continued his studies at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he graduated as a Cincinnatus Scholar in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies.
Boden is an avid performer and teacher of viola and regularly performs throughout Ohio. Prior to Cincinnati, he was a violist with the Spokane Symphony. Growing up in Washington State, Boden started playing viola in the fourth grade and, at 16, made his solo debut with the Spokane Symphony.
Chaitkin enjoys a wide-ranging career as a cellist, teacher and advocate for concert music. He has made several appearances as soloist with orchestra, including a performance of the Schumann Concerto, which the Washington Post praised for its “engaging flair and commitment.”