Legendary Takács String Quartet Opens Union College Concert Series season

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The Takács String Quartet performs on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The Series welcomes the renowned Takács String Quartet in a program of Haydn’s Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 11, and Brahms’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67.

Now entering its 42nd season, the Takács became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal in May, 2014. Appointed in 2012 as the first-ever associate artists at Wigmore, the Takács present six concerts every season there. Other European engagements in 2016-17 include Florence, Milan, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Paris. They will present concerts in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong and will also tour New Zealand and Australia. A recent tour to South America included concerts in Chile and Brazil.

Last season, the ensemble performed complete 6-concert Beethoven quartet cycles in London’s Wigmore Hall, at Princeton, the University of Michigan, and at UC Berkeley. 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 Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs ninety concerts a year worldwide.