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Emerson & Calidore Quartets to Open Princeton University Concerts Season

September 1, 2015

LEGENDARY EMERSON AND CALIDORE STRING QUARTETS TO OPEN THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 24TH

A monumental occasion celebrated by a monumental ensemble: on Thursday, September 24 at 8PM, Princeton University Concerts invites the Emerson String Quartet back to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall to herald opening night of the 2015-16 season. After offering Shostakovich's seldom-performed String Quartet No. 10, Op. 118 as preceded by Haydn's ethereal "Sunrise" Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, the Emersons have summoned their young protégés, the Calidore String Quartet (making their Princeton debut), to join them for a rousing finale: the two quartets will unite to play Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. The concert will be preceded by a talk given by Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM, free to ticketholders.  The concert is close to sold out.  Patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets soon.

In the history of chamber music, the Emerson Quartet is truly unmatched; the ensemble lays claim to nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and more than 30 acclaimed recordings. Often considered to be the iconic American string quartet, they have been the jewels of American classical music for almost four decades.

Yet as established as they are, their every performance sparkles with freshness. The core of the Emerson Quartet’s identity seems to lie in a remarkable combination of authority with vibrant novelty—perhaps this has never been as apparent than in the past couple of years, during which the ensemble introduced a “boyish exuberance” (The New York Times) to their revered sound through adding cellist Paul Watkins to their roster. This particular concert in Princeton makes the remarkable combination of “old and new” all the more prominent. The program places 18th century Haydn by the side of 20th century Shostakovich; though this year marks 190 years since the composition of Mendelssohn’s Octet, the work was written when the composer had just turned sixteen; and most notably, of course, the seasoned Emersons will share the stage with the quickly-rising young Calidores, whom they mentor. It is the perfect way to begin a 2015-16 concert series offering the usual level of highest quality playing, but with a few new surprises.  Audiences will have a second chance to hear the Calidore String Quartet on their own later on in the season when they make their second PUC debut on the all-new PUC125 series.


LISTING INFORMATION
EMERSON STRING QUARTET
WITH GUEST ARTISTS CALIDORE STRING QUARTET


WHEN:                  Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 8PM; Pre-concert talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM,​ ​free to ticketholders
WHAT:                   ​HAYDN Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”; SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 10, Op. 118;​ ​MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

WHERE:               Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University

TICKETS:            $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students.  Tickets are available online at ​princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two ​hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

PHOTOS:            Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at dkoltuny@princeton.edu or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at dkoltuny@princeton.edu or 609-258-6024
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