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The Takács String Quartet Performs The Complete Bartók String Quartets October 10 & 11, 2013

September 25, 2013

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS OPENS ITS SEASON WITH 
THE TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET ON OCTOBER 10 & 11, 2013
AT RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM IN ALEXANDER HALL
Quartet Will Perform All Six Bartók String Quartets Over Two Nights

Princeton University Concerts opens the 2013-14 season with the celebrated Takács String Quartet performing all six of Bela Bartók's string quartets over two evenings on Thursday, October 10  (Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5) and Friday, October 11, 2013 (Quartets Nos. 2, 4 & 6).  Both concerts take place at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  Each concert will feature a pre-concert talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM and a post-concert "Talk Back" with the Quartet led by Professor Steven Mackey. 

The Bartók string quartets have been at the very heart of the Takács Quartet's repertory since the group was founded in Budapest in 1975, and it was a recording of those works that put their name on the international map in the late 1990s.  These quartets have emerged as, perhaps, "the" cycle of the twentieth-century string quartet canon. Spread across Bartók's creative life, their composition mirrors his evolving musical voice and defines the trajectory of his development.  Professor Scott Burnham says, "These six quartets represent the best of Bartók, the best of the string quartet literature of the 20th century, and the best way to experience the exhilarating musicianship of the Takács Quartet. Under any circumstances, hearing all six of Bartok's string quartets is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To hear them played by the Takács Quartet, who embody chamber music royalty, is a memorable way to open PUC's 120th season.  I can't wait to be there."

In order to fully immerse our audience in these important works, Princeton University Concerts is collaborating with the Princeton Adult School in its 75th anniversary year.  Professor Derek Katz of the University of California, Santa Barbara will demystify this music in a class entitled "The Bartok String Quartets:  Deconstructed" taking place on Thursday, September 26 and Thursday, October 3 from 7 -- 8:30PM at the Princeton University Department of Music, Woolworth Center, Room 102. 

ABOUT THE TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET
Edward Dusinberre, violin -- Károly Schranz, violin -- Geraldine Walther, viola - András Fejér, cello

Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado.  The Quartet performs some ninety concerts a year worldwide.  In 2013-2014, the Takács Quartet returns to Japan and Singapore, and will also perform Bartók Cycles throughout the United States, including performances at the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Boston, and Cleveland.

Appointed in 2012 as the first-ever Associate Artists at Wigmore Hall in London, the Takács will present six concerts per season at the venue.   In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as violinist Jascha Heifetz, conductor Leonard Bernstein and mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

 

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 at 8PM (Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5) & Friday, October 11 at 8PM (Quartets Nos. 2, 4 & 6).  Each concert features a pre-concert talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7PM and post-concert "Talk Back" with the Quartet led by Professor Steven Mackey (free to ticketholders)

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $20 ($10, $5 for students) and are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.  Special prices available for both Bartók String Quartet Concerts purchased together: $60, $46, $27

ADULT SCHOOL
CLASS: $57 (including concert tickets for both nights) or $30 (without tickets). Two-part class takes place on Thursday, September 26 and Thursday, October 3 from 7-8:30PM.  Please call the Princeton Adult School at 609-683-1101 or visit princetonadultschool.org to register.


PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu or download at princetonuniversityconcerts.org/for-press

 

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu
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