Brentano String Quartet at SOU
Chamber Music Concerts will present two performances by the Brentano String Quartet, a group that in 1999 became the first resident string quartet at New Jersey's Princeton University.
Since the quartet formed in 1992, it has garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 1996, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York inaugurated the quartet into its Chamber Music Society Two, a program that is committed to excellence in performance and training for young performers in the early stages of careers.
During Brentano's European tour in 1997, the quartet received the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut.
The Brentano String Quartet will present Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, and Schubert's String Quartet in G Major, Op. 161, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9. Saturday's concert will includes Schumann's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41 No. 2, Stephen Hartke's "Night Songs for a Desert Flower" and Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1.
The shows will be presented in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
In addition to their standard quartet repertoire, the members of Brentano Quartet hold a strong interest in very old and very new music. The quartet has performed many musical works that predate the origins of the string quartet, including madrigals by Gesualdo, fantasias by Purcell and secular vocal works by Josquin. The quartet also works with contemporary composers such as Elliot Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. The quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, thought to be the subject of Beethoven's letter, "Immortal Beloved" or "Eternally Beloved," that he wrote in 1812. See www.brentanoquartet.com.
Tickets to the concerts cost $26 and $30, $5 for ages 22 and younger. Along with the concerts, the quartet will present a free educational program at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the SOU Music Recital Hall. Visit www.chambermusicconcert.org or call 541-552-6154 for details.