Thursday, June 30, 8:00 PM
Tesla dazzled audiences these past two summers when they became a favorite in the Lot of Strings Music Festival. This appearance marks the 60th outdoor performance at the Morris Museum since July 2020, and Tesla’s 6th outing in the series. They will bring their signature musicianship to works by Haydn, Ravel, Jessie Montgomery, and Grażyna Bacewicz.
“Tesla opened Lot of Strings Music Festival when it initially began as an experiment in 2020 and have since become part of the fabric of the series. Their technical brilliance and emotive musical prowess helped establish this series early on as one that is top rate and adventurous.” said Brett Wellman Messenger, Curatorial Director of Live Arts at the Morris Museum.
Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has won top prizes in numerous international competitions, most recently taking Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Described by The New York Times as “Live Music Splendor in a Parking Lot”, the Back Deck was conceived at the dawn of the pandemic and quickly became a destination for music lovers from across the east coast. This season includes 11 concerts that span a wide range of Jazz and classical music, bringing some of the finest ensembles to the Morris Museum. Since launching in July, 2020, The Back Deck has presented over 50 performances of critically acclaimed artists and welcomed nearly 10,000 patrons against all odds.
Tesla’s Full Program
Joseph Haydn Op. 71, No. 2
Maurice Ravel (arr. Ross Snyder):
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn
Menuet in C-sharp minor
Jessie Montgomery Strum
Bacewicz Quartet No. 4
Bring your own chairs and refreshments and enjoy live entertainment atop the Morris Museum’s elevated parking deck. Stunning sunsets, social distance, and glorious live music combine for a series of unforgettable evenings.
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor performances will be held inside the Museum’s Bickford Theatre. Masks are required while in the Bickford Theatre.
The Morris Museum thanks Will and Mary Leland for their leadership gift for the 2022 Lot of Strings season, and founding Lot of Strings donor, F. Gary Knapp for his continued generosity.
Ticket & Visitor Information
All blocks are $50 for an 8’x8′ block which accommodates up to 2 patrons. Patrons are welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 PM to set up and enjoy the evening sun. For assistance and to make purchases by phone, call the box office at 973-971-3706.