The Belcea String Quartet opens the Union College Concert Series’ 47th Season on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in Union’s Memorial Chapel.
Haydn: G-major Quartet, Op. 33, No. 5
Janáček: Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters
Beethoven: B-flat major Quartet, Op. 130 with the Große Fuge, Op. 133.
Sponsored by UCALL – the Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning.
Individual tickets are $30-$35. All children and students are free.
The quartet-in-residence at the new Boulez Hall in Berlin, the Belcea Quartet celebrated 20 years together recently with concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie de Luxembourg. The quartet also performs regularly in Carnegie Hall and other leading US venues. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Till Fellner, Martin Fröst, Ian Bostridge, and Matthias Goerne.
The Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010. It is also quartet-in-residence at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The musicians recently created their very own Belcea Quartet Trust, whose main aims are to support and inspire young string quartets as well as to support commissioning of new works from today’s leading composers. The Belcea Quartet’s performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2012 were broadcast by Mezzo TV and were released —on DVD and BlueRay disc—by the label Euroarts in fall 2014. The release was accompanied by a documentary of the entire project, “On the Trail of Beethoven’s String Quartets”.