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String Quartets "plus" headline chamber series

  • Sep 27, 2010
A lineup of internationally-heralded string quartets - some with special guest stars - is the attraction for the 2010-2011 season of ChamberMusic@Beall. Under the banner "String Quartets Plus" the series begins October 17 with the Jerusalem Quartet. Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus is widely recognized for its beautiful acoustics. It's the perfect setting for the exquisite artists of the series, a joint presentation of the UO School of Music and Dance and the Oregon Bach Festival. All concerts take place Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, with a pre-concert "Musical insights" talk at 2:10 pm. The Jerusalem Quartet, hailed by The Strad as “one of the young, yet great quartets of our time,” launches the series. The quartet performs works by Haydn, Janacek, and Brahms. The Jerusalem Quartet has garnered international acclaim for its rare combination of passion and precision. Though barely into their thirties, these musicians have already won audiences the world over, both in concert and on their recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label. Their 2010 North American tour brings them to 10 cities, including Berkeley, Eugene, Memphis, Ann Arbor, Madison, Montreal, Teaneck (NJ), Denver, and Cleveland. Its most recent recording of Haydn quartets was selected as BBC Music Magazine’s top pick in the chamber music category at its 2010 Award Ceremony; they took home the same award in 2007 for their Shostakovich recording. The quartet’s recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Quartettsatz in C minor was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone, and was also awarded an ECHO Classic chamber music award in 2009. In November 2007, the quartet was awarded first prize in the “most impressive performance by a (small) ensemble” category of the Netherlands’ Vereniging van Schouwburgen en Concertgebouwdirecties. In 2003, they received the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and were part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 1999 and 2001. The Jerusalem Quartet formed while its members were students at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance. They quickly found a shared commitment to the music that has not only endured, but has propelled them to the highest level of performance. They recently concluded a three-year residency at Musica Viva Australia with a ten-concert tour that included Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. They also continue as quartet-in-residence at the Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes in Valladolid, Spain. The series schedule includes: The Harlem Quartet with Anthony McGill, clarinet, November 7 St. Lawrence String Quartet, December 5 Jupiter String Quartet with Benjamin Kim, piano, January 30 (2011) Pacifica Quartet with Jörg Widmann, composer/clarinet, March 6 The Pavel Haas Quartet, April 10 Tickets per concert start at $17. See the series website for complete information.