Violinists Eliezer Gutman and Thomas Jackson, violist Elizabeth Jaffe and cellist Jennifer Jie Jin, all veteran performers with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras, are celebrating their 18th year performing together. The original founders of the quartet include violist Nina Cottman and cellist Mark Ward. The dazzling and vast repertoire for the string quartet inspired them to come together to make music and in a moment of pure serendipity, the quartet was asked to play a concert at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Following that concert, the Church of the Holy City, with its heavenly acoustics for chamber music, became the Copeland String Quartet’s “home” with a series of four free concerts every year. The series, now in its 14th season, is made possible by the generosity of Tatiana Copeland, noted Delaware philanthropist and arts lover. To thank Mrs. Copeland for her enthusiastic support of this chamber music series, the quartet was named the Copeland String Quartet.
In addition to the Church of the Holy City concerts, the quartet has performed at venues from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, including the Smyrna Opera House, the Concerts by Candlelight Series at Laurel Hill Mansion in Philadelphia, Allentown Symphony Hall, the Tea and Symphony Series at Highlands Mansion and Garden, Fort Washington, PA, Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown, Johnstown, PA, Greenville Country Club, Wilmington, the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, the Champagne Chamber Series of the Delaware Symphony at the Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE; the Schwartz Center, Dover, DE; and the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Lake George, NY.
The CSQ performs lunchtime concerts at Rutgers University and First and Central Presbyterian church. Other colleges include: Swarthmore College, Wesley College,; Kutztown University, and Harford Community College. They have played at area libraries: the Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill, NJ; the Fans of Brandywine Public Library, Wilmington, DE; and the Newark Free Library, Newark, DE. CSQ participated in the educational outreach programming for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra as well as arts education and outreach programming for the Kennett Symphony of Chester County.
CSQ has been invited to play at many area churches, including St. Michaels Lutheran Church, Unionville, PA; Trinity Episcopal Church, Wilmington, DE; the Community Concert Series at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA; the Hadley Memorial Fund at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown, PA;and at First and Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE.The quartet has played at fundraising and community events, including First Night, the Kalmar Nickel Foundation, Meals on Wheels, the Delaware Music School, Christiana Care Hospital, all in Wilmington, DE, as well as Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE, and St. Johns Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA. They have performed at many area retirement communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.