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Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano Photo
Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano Photo
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Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
WEBERN 6 Bagatellen for String Quartet, Op. 9 / SCHUBERT Minuets, D. 89
ELGAR Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84


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About the Artist

Charles S. Robinson Memorial Concert

For thirteen years, the Brentano String Quartet was Princeton’s cherished quartet-in-residence, filling Richardson Auditorium with more wonderful performances than we can count, with a whirl of collaborators and repertoire. In 2014, they moved on to the same post at the Yale School of Music, replacing the Tokyo String Quartet after their 37-year tenure. The Daily Telegraph (London) has called their sound “hair-raising … An ensemble of exceptional insight and communicative gifts.” These gifts will be in full bloom in February, when the home team returns and is joined by another Princeton veteran, pianist Jonathan Biss. Biss is a New York City cultural linchpin with a long history as both a soloist and chamber musician. Their program includes the lush and rarely heard Elgar Piano Quintet, composed on vacation in summer of 1918 and “influenced by the quiet and peaceful surroundings.”

Take your love of music, and this artist, even further with our Beyond the Music Programming.  Pianist Jonathan Biss will be participating in two special events beyond the concert.

Live Music Meditation - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:30PM, location TBA. Free and Open to the Public. No prior experience necessary.  MORE INFO ON ALL MINDFULNESS WITH MUSIC EVENTS>

Performers As Teachers - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:00PM, Lee Rehearsal Room (Lewis Arts complex). Jonathan Biss coaches Princeton student pianists. Free and Open to the Public. MORE INFO ON ALL PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS EVENTS>

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“Biss’s ability and interest go for things of transcendence and sublimeness.”

- Pianist Leon Fleisher