IN THE MIX Returns with Quentin Baxter, Arabella String Quartet

Quentin Baxter

“IN THE MIX: An Evening with the Arabella String Quartet” will feature a conversation with host Quentin Baxter and internationally recognized classical music ensemble, the Arabella String Quartet, about recording, touring, and management.  The Fall 2019 installment of IN THE MIX, the College of Charleston Arts Management Program’s music industry series, will be held on Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Admission is free and open to the public.

A promoter of classical music and renowned guest on many of the world’s great concert stages, the Arabella String Quartet is comprised of members Julie Eskar, violin; Sarita Kwok, violin; Ettore Causa, viola and Alexandre Lecarme, cello. In addition to performing, the Quartet has recently released its first commercial recording, “In the Moment,” featured on the NAXOS label. Understanding the recording process, marketing, performing logistics, and business decisions of a classical ensemble is vitally important to music industry students to better understand the business of a classical string quartet. [Learn more about the quartet members in second event info below.] This event is generously supported by the Quattlebaum Artists-in-Residence Endowed Fund.

Quentin Baxter is the CEO of his own music production company, Baxter Music Enterprises, LLC and an active performing and recording artist. He currently tours worldwide with two Grammy-nominated artists  vocalist and composer René Marie, and vocalist Freddy Cole. Baxter also tours with Ranky Tanky  the jazz-infused Gullah music ensemble which he co-founded in 2017. He received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2017, South Carolina’s highest award given in the arts, and he taught at the College of Charleston as an adjunct professor of jazz percussion from 1997 to 2019. 

Launched in January 2014 with special guests Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst, IN THE MIX is an Arts Management-produced speaker series connecting musicians and students to music industry leaders. Hosted by world renowned percussionist and two-time Grammy nominee, Quentin Baxter, IN THE MIX is a formal component of the course Introduction to the Music Industry, taught by Visiting Instructor of Arts Management (Music Industry), Heather McDonald. Recent sessions have examined career journeys for women in the music industry, songwriting compensation, and the music streaming business model, while former guest speakers include Darius Rucker, Cary Ann Hearst, and Shannon Herber of the GRAMMY Awards. A full list of previous sessions can be found here. 

The College’s Arts Management major offers students who are musicians or interested in working in the music industry the opportunity to pursue a Music Industry Concentration, with courses like History of the Recording Industry, Music in the Marketplace, Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, and more. For information, contact Chris Burgess, Director, Arts Management Program ([email protected]), visit, or call (843) 953-6301.

Housed in the College of Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston Music Fest will present the Arabella String Quartet in concert. The performance will include works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Charleston’s own Edward Hart. This event also is generously supported by the Quattlebaum Artists-in-Residence Endowed Fund. 

Charleston Music Fest presents intimate chamber music concerts featuring the College’s faculty, and local and international artists. The performance on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. General admission is $25 and $10 for all students. Tickets or season subscriptions can be purchased online at, by calling (843) 953-6315, or at the door. 

The members of the Arabella String Quartet hail from around the globe and first met at the Yale School of Music, where Ettore Causa and Sarita Kwok were serving on the faculty. A veritable United Nations of chamber music, they represent Denmark, Australia, Italy and France and carry on the pedigree of great European traditions and masters—Paris Conservatoire, University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna, and the Menuhin Academy—as well as the influence of celebrated American ensembles, such as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Juilliard quartets. This mélange of musical training and backgrounds imbues their performances with a distinctive freshness, inventiveness, and musical depth.

In addition to performing as the Arabella Quartet, its members enjoy varied individual careers and bring to their quartet life a mature musicality and sense of equality. Julie Eskar is first concertmaster of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, as well as a founding member of the acclaimed Eskar Trio. Sarita Kwok is resident artist, Associate professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music at Gordon College. Eskar and Kwok switch in their roles as first and second violinists. Ettore Causa is the viola professor at Yale’s School of Music. Alexandre Lecarme is a tenured member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Cello Quartet. 

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