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Heath Quartet Returns in January for Two Beethoven Concerts

January 28, 2020

January 11 Concert is Free and Open to the Public

Four musicians in casual clothes sit happily while holding string instrumentsMiddlebury, VT—The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet is presenting his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury this season.

Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series open the quartet’s second weeklong residency of the season with a free concert on Saturday, January 11. This special New Year treat will feature Beethoven’s first string quartet composition, Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 18; his last; Quartet no. 16 in F Major op. 135; and the first Razumovsky Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59, technically difficult and “generally regarded as … one of the composer’s finest chamber works.”—All Music. No tickets are required for this concert, thanks to a generous gift from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman; audience members are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Music professor Larry Hamberlin will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 P.M.

Then the Heath Quartet will participate in a full week of master classes and coaching sessions with students on campus and in the community before closing their winter stay with a second concert on Friday, January 17, featuring Quartet no. 4 in C Minor, op. 18; Quartet no. 12 in E-flat Major, op. 127; and the third Razumovsky Quartet no. 9 in C Major, op. 59. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available before this concert and during intermission.

About the Heath Quartet

In May 2013, the Heath Quartet—including violinists Oliver Heath and Sara Wolstenholme, violist Gary Pomeroy, and cellist Christopher Murray—became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. In 2016 their recording of Sir Michael Tippett’s string quartets received widespread acclaim and won the Gramophone Chamber Disk of the Year. And just this past year, the Heath was included as one of the Top 10 String Quartets in a Gramophone list of “some of the greatest recordings available.”

In addition to their Middlebury residencies and concerts, the Heath’s 2019/20 season includes a debut at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and return engagements at Wigmore Hall and Handelsbeurs Ghent as well as various appearances throughout the UK. The quartet’s members are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, individually holding instrumental teaching posts on the faculty.

 Four musicians in formal dress stand with their string instruments

“The Heath not only conveyed total mood and atmosphere on a dime, but they are also wrought of a single-minded sound … this was the best kind of concert.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer


“Last year I heard The Heath Quartet play ... and was struck not only by their obvious mastery … but also by the exuberant sense of fantasy—indeed, joy—that they brought to the music.”—Gramophone


Performance Details

The Heath Quartet will perform on January 11 & 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. The January 11 concert is free, and no tickets are required. The pre-concert lecture by Larry Hamberlin begins at 6:30 P.M. Reserved seating tickets for the January 17 performance are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802)443-MIDD (6433) or


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(Top right and bottom left) The Heath Quartet will play the music of Beethoven at the Mahaney Arts Center on January 11 and 17. Photo Kaupo Kikkas

(Top left) The Heath Quartet will play the music of Beethoven at the Mahaney Arts Center on January 11 and 17. Photo Simon Way

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