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Ebene String Quartet Returns to Princeton

February 19, 2016

The New York Times was in awe that they are a “string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band.” Back by popular demand, following a sold-out performance on the mainstage series last season, the Ébène String Quartet will do just that when they perform this time for an audience seated with them in- the-round on the stage of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6PM and 9PM as part of Princeton University Concerts’ new “PUC125: Performances Up Close” series. This esteemed French ensemble will offer music of their compatriots at 6PM in an hour-long program of Claude Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 and Henri Dutilleux Ainsi La Nuit (1976); at 9PM they will transform the Richardson stage into the Cotton Club, offering transcriptions of their favorite jazz classics.
Perhaps no group is more emblematic of the PUC125 series’ mission than the Ébène String Quartet. Although their performances of traditional repertoire are quite celebrated—their recordings have won the Gramophone Award, the ECHO Klassik, the BBC Music Magazine Award, to name just a few—this group freely associates with an unusually wide range of genres. As Princeton University senior Spencer Shen raves, “only Ébène could play a brooding Mendelssohn, rock out on a Beatles tune, bust out Springsteen, and sing Disney songs a cappella over the course of a single night.” This melding of styles always brings a palpable excitement to their performance, reminding listeners of the very core of music and its limitless possibilities. The two programs will allow the audience to experience each element so characteristic of the Ébène: their subliminal understanding of the classical repertoire, and their unconventional, exciting dips into other musical genres. We hope that listeners who attend both programs will be able to hear the modern, buoyant, jazzy spirit the performers bring to the classical repertoire, and the virtuosic, classy passion with which they imbue their favorite jazz classics.



WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6PM & 9PM
WHAT: 6PM: Debussy and Dutilleux String Quartets; 9PM: Transcriptions of Jazz Favorites
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS: $25 General; $10 Students. Attend both programs and save 20% by calling the box office at 609-258- 9220! Single tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person one hour prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024
For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024 ###

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024