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Takács Quartet Launches Performing Arts Series’ 95th Anniversary Season September 26

September 19, 2014

String Quartet Will Perform Masterworks by Haydn, Debussy, and Beethoven

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Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will open its 95th anniversary season with a performance by the internationally-acclaimed Takács Quartet on Friday, September 26. This concert, which mark the quartet’s 25th appearance at Middlebury, will feature Haydn’s String Quartet, op. 64, no. 3; Debussy’s solitary string quartet, and Beethoven’s monumental opus 130 with the Finale ending.

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Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet (Edward Dusinberre, violin; Károly Schranz, violin; Geraldine Walther, viola; and András Fejér, cello) plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. 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.

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The Takács Quartet’s award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005, the Late Beethoven Quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award, and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. Of their performances and recordings of the Late Quartets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “The Takács might play this repertoire better than any quartet of the past or present.” Upcoming Hyperion recordings include the two Janáček Quartets, Smetana’s “From My Life,” the Debussy Quartet and the Franck Piano Quintet with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Dvořák’s Op. 105 Quartet and Viola Quintet Op. 97 with violist Lawrence Power.

Due in part to the Quartet’s rich history of 25 performances and residencies on campus since 1994, and what the Guardian of London proclaims as “their supreme artistry,” it is no wonder the members of Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) selected the Takács Quartet’s concert to be their member-supported event of the 2014–15 season. Members of PASS can purchase tickets at a discounted rate: $20 for the general public, and $15 for college ID holders. Learn more about PASS at go.middlebury.edu/pass.

The concert will be preceded by a special dinner for audience members, called “Dinner and Conversation with Friends.” Before settling into the Concert Hall, patrons may join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a conversation about the arts in our community. Seating is family style, and the buffet menu will include a variety of fall-themed delicacies, wine, and dessert. The pre-performance dinner starts at 6:30 PM in the lobby, and tickets are $25.

The Takács Quartet concert will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 8:00 P.M., in the Concert Hall of the College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. PASS member rates are $20/15/6. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Photo credits:

Top right: Photo Ellen Appel

Center top: Photo Keith Saunders

Third: Photo Ellen Appel

Bottom: Photo Ellen Appel

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