The Forum, a nonprofit organization since 1996, is proud to announce the start of its 2018 season with a musical performance by “Catalyst” on Saturday.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished, playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet comprises top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Catalyst Quartet has been invited to guest artist at important music festivals, Mainly Mozart in San Diego, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Strings Music Festival and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

In 2014 they opened the Festival del Sole in Napa with Joshua Bell and also participated in England’s Aldeburgh Music Foundation’s String Quartet Residency with two performances in Jubilee Hall. Recent seasons have brought international touring in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Puerto Rico, and expanded U.S. tours in Virginia, Minnesota, Hawaii and California.

Catalyst will play at Prior-Jollek Hall on the Antilles School campus, St. Thomas, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25; teachers $10; and students free. They are on sale at the Medicine Shoppe (Havensight), Frenchtown Deli, Chelsea Drugstore (Red Hook), the Antilles administration office and online at www.InstantSeats.com. Small meals, wine, water, tapas and dessert from Amalia Café will be served starting one hour before and during intermission at all events of The Forum.

The Forum has sponsored musicians, artists, speakers, theater, dancers, poets and films in order to challenge, educate, uplift and astonish. It is entirely reliant on individual, corporate and foundation support to fulfill its mission.

This engagement of Catalyst is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Forum. Catalyst is also sponsored in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA).

The Forum 2018 schedule includes:

LIVE EVENT:

Water Island Music Festival at PJ Hall — Jan. 20

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE:

Amadeus— Jan. 25

MET LIVE HD:

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) — Feb. 1

LIVE EVENT:

Jeffrey Sykes & Joseph Johnson (Piano & Cello) — Feb. 8

MET LIVE HD:

L’Elisir d’Amore — Feb. 15

LIVE EVENT:

James Mapes: Journey into Imagination— Feb. 24

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE:

Obsession — March 8

MET LIVE HD:

The Exterminating Angel — March 15

LIVE EVENT:

Alex Brown Trio with Victor Provost — March 24

MET LIVE HD:

La Boheme — March 29

LIVE EVENT:

Warp Trio — April 14

MET LIVE HD:

Cendrillon (Cinderella) — May 3

FILM FESTIVAL:

MAY 10, 17, 24, 2018

For more information, visit the website at www.theforum.vi or email The Forum at theforumusvi@gmail.com.