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Miró Quartet explores Schubert Dec 9

  • Nov 28, 2012
Video excerpt: Schubert's Death and the Maiden by the Miró Quartet on Vimeo. Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse," the dynamic Miró Quartet performs two great quartets by Schubert in our ChamberMusic@Beall concert Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm. Tickets start at $17. Click to order online or purchase through the Hult Center and UO ticket offices. Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and taking both the first and grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition two months later. In 2005, the Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. The quartet took its name from the Spanish artist Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. The December 9 program includes the Quartet No. 15, the last that Schubert composed, and No. 14, "Death and the Maiden." Both unfurl storms of conflicting moods—profoundly expressive works of a great composer near the end of his tragically short life.