September 23, 1998

Takács Quartet to Perform at Middlebury College Center for the Arts October 7 and 9--Performances are First and Second Parts of a Six-part Series Offering Full Cycle of Beethoven's String Quartets

"…the Takács found exactly the right median between innocent songfulness and studied formalism." --Financial Times, London

The Takács Quartet will perform the full cycle of Beethoven's string quartets as one of the highlights of the 1998-1999 Middlebury College Concert Series. The six-part series begins with a performance on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with Opus 18 No 4, Opus 74, and Opus 130 with Finale. The second part of the series will take place on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. and will include Opus 18 No. 2, Opus 59 No. 2, and Opus 132. Both performances will be in the Concert Hall at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). The Takács will return to perform the remainder of the cycle in January and April.

One of the world's leading string quartets, the Takács has appeared regularly in every major music capital and prestigious festival since its formation in 1975 by four students at Budapest's Liszt Academy. During the 1997-1998 season, the Takács performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Japan, making stops at such halls as the Corcoran and the Freer galleries in Washington, D.C., the Louvre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Hague.

When the Takács Quartet arrives at Middlebury College in October, the performers will be fresh from Gramophone Magazine's 1998 awards ceremony in London, where they will have collected the prize for the best recording of the year, a London/Decca Records release of the Bartok cycle.

Tickets for this Middlebury College Concert Series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner on Friday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.