Free Outdoor Chamber Concert

August 9, 2020

Washington Lake Park Amphitheater


In partnership with Music at Bunker Hill, we are happy to offer a free, socially-distanced chamber music performance in the beautiful setting of Washington Lake Park Amphitheater in Sewell, New Jersey. A string quartet featuring ASO’s concertmaster Cyrus Beroukhim, principal violin Richard Rood, principal viola William Frampton, and cellist Alberto Parrini will perform Samuel Barber’s String Quartet Opus 11, George Walker’s String Quartet no. 1 “Lyric,” and Nino Rota’s Quartetto per archi.

Masks will be required for entry and open seating will be restricted to marked 6’ spacing on the lawn. For your comfort, please bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Artists, staff, and audience members will be required to follow all current COVID-19 guidelines.

The concert will be played without intermission and there is no reception.


Washington Lake Park Ampitheater
626 Hurffville-Crosskeys Road, Sewell, NJ

The closest parking lot adjacent to the amphitheater, LOT E, has Handicap Accessible spaces and extends across the street. Additional convenient parking is in LOT F. There is also a park entrance on Greentree Road, 0.6 mile southwest of Bunker Hill Church. Click here for park diagram.


August 9, 2020
7-9 PM
Washington Lake Park Amphitheater


Love theme from Romeo and Juliet for string quartet
Nino Rota
Arr. by Matthew Naughtin

Quartetto per archi (1948/54)
Nino Rota

I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegro robusto

String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 (1935)
Samuel Barber

I. Molto allegro e appassionato
II. Molto adagio
III. Molto allegro

String Quartet No. 1, Lyric (1946)
George Walker (1922-2018)

I. Allegro
II. Molto adagio
III. Allegro con fuoco

The program was conceived to explore George Walker’s brilliant String Quartet no. 1. The late resident of Montclair, NJ, Walker (1922-2018) was the first African American winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music, graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Until his death in 2018, the middle movement of his Quartet no. 1, later arranged as Lyric for Strings, was the most frequently performed orchestral work by a living American composer. Similarly, the middle movement of Barber’s Quartet opus 11 is “one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music in the world” (NPR), later arranged by the composer for orchestra as Adagio for Strings. Nino Rota is best known for his film score to The Godfather, and his scores to the films of Fellini and Zeferelli. Walker, Barber, and Rota studied composition with Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institute, and listeners can hear how these three great composers who a shared mentor found their own voices in their string quartets written between 1935 and 1946.



Cyrus Beroukhim, Concertmaster


Richard Rood, Principal Violin II


William Frampton, Principal Viola


Alberto Parrini