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Princeton University Concerts Opens the 2012-2013 Season with the Takacs Quartet

September 6, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 7, 2012
Contact: Marna Seltzer
seltzer@princeton.edu
Phone:  609-258-4237

Artist bios, music, photos and interviews available upon request.


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS
OPENS ITS 2012-2013 SEASON WITH THE
TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET AND ANNOUNCES
THE ADDITION OF THE TOKYO STRING QUARTET

Princeton University Concerts opens its 2012-2013 season on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8PM with the Takács String Quartet, recognized by many as the finest string quartet in the world today.  The concert will take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall with works by Schubert, Britten and Dvořák. Professor Scott Burnham will bring the program to life in a pre-concert talk at 7PM, free to ticketholders.

PROGRAM
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)
BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C Major
DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (“American”)

The Takács has entered the pantheon of the world’s great string quartets, as evidenced by their hugely engaging performances and unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, as well as their recent appointment as Associate Artists of London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall. Takács “established itself as one of the world’s eminent string ensembles soon after its founding in 1975,” according to The New York Times, which termed their recent Carnegie Hall performance “utterly gripping.” Their program begins with one of Schubert’s last quartets and, marking the centenary of his birth, one by Britten, who in 1945 called it “the greatest advance that I have yet made.” The evening concludes with Dvořák’s “American” Quartet, which, during a visit to the Czech community in Spillville, Iowa, spilled out of the composer in a matter of days.

JUST ADDED
Princeton University Concerts is pleased to announce an addition to its schedule.  The Tokyo String Quartet will appear on the series on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:30PM.  This FREE concert, a gift to the Princeton community, will mark one of the Tokyo Quartet’s final performances before its extraordinary 44-year history comes to an end in June 2013.  Princeton’s love affair with the quartet spans four decades and dozens of appearances.  They leave behind an amazing legacy, including close to 20 CD’s recorded in Princeton’s own Richardson Auditorium.  PUC is proud of its association with this exceptional ensemble and invites the public to join them in bidding the quartet a musical farewell.  Admission is free but reservations are required.  Call University ticketing at 609-258-9220.

Both Subscriptions and Single Tickets are now on sale for the 2012-2013 season.  PUC offers several different subscription packages making it easier to subscribe. For more information, contact the PUC concert office at 609-258-2800.

LISTING INFORMATION

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET

WHEN:    Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:00PM
   Pre-Concert talk by Scott Burnham at 7:00PM

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts,
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS:  $40, $30, $20  General;  $10, $5 Students
By Phone:  609-258-9220
Online:  princeton.edu/utickets
In Person:
Frist Campus Center Ticket Office (open Monday-Friday, 12-6pm)
Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office (open two hours prior to the performances at Richardson Auditorium)

PICTURES:  Please contact Princeton University Concerts for pictures of
the Takács Quartet or download them directly from the artist’s website at http://www.takacsquartet.com

PROGRAM
NOTES: Program Notes are available by contacting Princeton University Concerts at (609) 258-2800

TOKYO STRING QUARTET

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:30PM

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts,
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS:  Free but reservations required.  Call 609-258-9220 for tickets.

PICTURES:  Please contact Princeton University Concerts for pictures of
the Tokyo Quartet or download them directly from the artist’s website at http://www.tokyoquartet.com

PROGRAM
NOTES: Program Notes are available by contacting Princeton University Concerts at (609) 258-2800


For all questions, contact the Concert Office at (609) 258-2800.


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