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Takacs Quartet Launches Beethoven Cycle

October 28, 2016

New in 2016-2017, Princeton University Concerts (PUC) presents the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, performed by the world renowned Takács String Quartet. The group has chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle of 16 quartets, across six concerts in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, for the last time together. This November launches the first pair of concerts and several supplementary events in celebration of this great cycle.


On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8pm, the Takács presents the first three selections from the cycle, including the famous Op. 130 with original finale. This concert, along with the third, fourth and fifth in the series—Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Thursday, January 19, 2017, and Wednesday, March 15, 2017—will feature intimate “Beethoven Up Close” seating. With the Quartet seated directly in the center of the hall and audience surrounding them on all sides, Richardson will be transformed into a circle, a reflection of the cycle itself. Professor Scott Burnham, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Beethoven, will lead a post-concert talk back with the quartet.

On Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8pm, the Takács make an appearance on PUC’s Thursday night Concert Classics Series in a program ranging from Beethoven’s first string quartet, to the tremendous, seven-movement Op. 131—the last quartet he ever finished—with the arpeggiated “Harp” quartet, Op. 74, in between. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Professor Burnham at 7PM, free to all ticketholders. Although this concert is sold out, obstructed view seats still remain by phone and in person at the Frist Center Box Office.


Throughout the cycle, PUC will be hosting related activities that will serve to deepen engagement with Beethoven’s great works.  The first one will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm, when the community is invited for a free lunchtime Live Music Meditation with the Takács Quartet in Richardson Auditorium. With meditation guidance by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner of the Princeton University Office of Religious Life, attendees will get to experience selections from the Beethoven String Quartets more viscerally than allowed by other settings, as part of PUC’s new Mindfulness with Music program. A light lunch and discussion with the quartet will follow. That evening at 7pm, PUC, in collaboration with the Princeton Adult School, will host the first meeting of Princeton Adult School’s three-part class on the Beethoven String Quartets taught by Professor Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács Quartet. Registration information is available at  A complete listing of all of the Beethoven Cycle related activities can be found at

The Takács Quartet will return in January and again in March to continue the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. For further information, visit



WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – Thursday, November 17, 2016



BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Minor, Op. 130 with Finale

Post-concert talk back with the Quartet led by Prof. Scott Burnham


BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Pre-concert talk at 7pm by Professor Scott Burnham, free to all ticketholders.

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

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


Live Music Meditation: Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:30pm, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton Adult School Class (Part I): Wednesday November 16, 2016 7:00pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


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