Brentano String Quartet returns to the College Concert Series

The quartet returns to campus Sunday as part of the Union College Concert Series.
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Brentano String Quartet returns to the College Concert Series

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The Brentano String Quartet performs on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. 

Yale University’s quartet-in-residence returns to the series offering a program of Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12, Britten’s Quartet No. 3, and Dvořák’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 61. 

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Within a few years of its formation, the quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award; and in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The following season the quartet became the first quartet-in-residence at Princeton University. The quartet is now the quartet-in-residence at Yale University, and serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn Competition. 

In addition to performing the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. It has performed many musical works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium, among them Madrigals of Gesualdo, Fantasias of Purcell, and secular vocal works of Josquin. The quartet has also worked closely with composers Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. The Quartet has commissioned works from Wuorinen, Adolphe, Mackey, David Horne and Gabriela Frank, among others. 

Individual tickets are $25 or $10 for students. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call 518-388-6080 or click here