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Jerusalem Quartet to Perform at Mahaney Center for the Arts October 4

September 25, 2018

Concert Program to Feature Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Shostakovich

Middlebury, VT—Now entering its 25th season, the Jerusalem Quartet earned high praise from the New York Times: “Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will present the quartet’s Middlebury debut on Thursday, October 4 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The concert will include Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5; Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, M. 35; and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll first encountered the Jerusalem Quartet at a live BBC-broadcast concert at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2016. “The quartet was a joy to watch; very communicative and expressive while they play, and the audience was rapt throughout—offering a thunderous ovation at the end. I was already leaning towards bringing them to Middlebury when I learned from friends Diana and Emory Fanning that the violist, Ori Kam, was a camper at Point Counter Point in his youth. That simply sealed the deal.”

This concert is part of the Bach to Barber Paul Nelson Chamber Music Series—an important program within the Middlebury Performing Arts Series.

About the Quartet

The members of the Jerusalem Quartet are Alexander Pavlovsky, violin; Sergei Bresler, violin; Ori Kam, viola; and Kyril Zlotnikov, cello. Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have developed a wide repertoire, carrying on the string quartet tradition with a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low voices. This approach allows the quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer’s work. It is also the drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.

The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. With regular biannual visits to North America, the quartet has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland, as well as Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. In Europe, the quartet enjoys an enthusiastic reception with regular appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Munich Herkulessaal, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, as well as special guest performances at the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and many festivals.

The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. The quartet’s recordings, particularly the albums featuring Haydn’s string quartets and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” have been honored with numerous awards such as the Diapason d’Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. In 2018, the quartet released two albums: an album of Dvořák’s String Quintet Op. 97 and Sextet Op. 48, and a much-awaited recording of the celebrated quartets by Ravel and Debussy.

“An absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.”—BBC Music Magazine

 

Performance Details

The Jerusalem Quartet will perform on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:30P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. 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 curbside on Route 30 or in the Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

 

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(top right, top, 2nd from top on left) The Jerusalem Quartet will perform at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 4. Photo Felix Broede

(bottom right) The Jerusalem Quartet will perform at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts October 4. Photo Robert Torres

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