Phillippe Quartet plays CICA fundraiser Friday

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Berryville's Phillippe String Quartet has been playing and performing together for seven years with a repertoire spanning a variety of music including classical, oldies, movie themes, modern pieces, love songs and more. These classically-trained musicians also compose and arrange their own music.

Their music has been enjoyed throughout the area at events, banquets, festivals and weddings.

On Friday, June 1, anyone who's missed them and those who want to hear more are invited to a free casual concert beginning at 7 p.m. at the Berean Coffee House on Highway 62E next to the Eastgate Center. The quartet will perform to raise scholarship funds for Carroll County students who want to attend this year's CICA Summer Music Festival, and all donations will go toward paying tuition for students in financial need.

This year's faculty, contracted by Festival Director Thomas Chun-yu Chen, includes some of the best performers on the music scene today, and classes have been structured for beginning to advanced students in all symphony and band instruments and guitar as well as voice and composition.

The Quartet -- Rachel Phillippe, First Violin; Joanna Phillippe, Viola; John Phillippe, Cello and Susanna Phillippe, Second Violin -- were happy to help Chen out with a fundraiser after being involved in the CICA Summer Music Festival in 2011.

"It was a wonderful experience," Rachel said. "Meeting and being involved with other musicians was not only educational but also highly inspirational. I was also able to participate in the Suzuki Teacher training course and become a Certified Suzuki Teacher.

"The CICA music festival has played a large part in me being able to continue my musical study and to impart it to others. This year my siblings and I are very excited to once again participate in the CICA music festival. Participating with musicians from around the world and learning from each other is an opportunity we do not want to miss!

"I have now opened my own music studio in Berryville and I enjoy sharing my passion of music with others through teaching my students. I have titled my studio, 'A Musical Future' because it gives everyone involved a future with music.

"Music is a universal language that connects the human race. I think every person and child should have a chance to embrace the joy of music in their lives. Music is something that cannot ever be taken away from a person, through age, or even ability, because music is a song in your heart."