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Friday, December 07 2012

Music in Deerfield Presents Escher String Quartet

From a Music in Deerfield press release:

A classical music ensemble celebrated for its “dark ambrosial brew all its own” (Boston Globe) and as “one of the top young quartets before the public today” (Washington Post), the Escher String Quartet will be presented by Music In Deerfield and the Smith College Music Department on Saturday at 8:00 PM, December 15, at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College. Concert Conversations, featuring quartet members discussing the program with WFCR's John Montanari, precedes the concert at 7:00 in nearby Earle Recital Hall.

Starting the Escher’s exceptionally rich program will be the String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428, one of the six String Quartets composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after careful study of his friend and elder contemporary Joseph Haydn’s pioneering works in the medium, and subsequently published with a warm and grateful dedication to Haydn. Following is the String Quartet No. 3, one of the last completed works by the great English composer Benjamin Britten, whose centennial falls in 2013. His first work in the medium in over thirty years, Britten’s Third Quartet is a work that runs the gamut from austerity to buffoonery, frenzy to serenity ­ a true masterwork by an under-recognized master of the quartet medium. On the second half will be the “Everest” of the quartet literature which the Escher have been credited for “tackling… with fire and sensitivity” (Musical America), Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132, including the heart-stopping “Holy Song of Thanks.”

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired artistic decisions, and unique cohesiveness. Championed by members of the Emerson String Quartet, the group was proud to be BBC New Generation Artists for 2010-2012. Having completed a three-year residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two” program, the ensemble has already performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Symphony Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, Music@Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival and a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

Future concerts in the Music In Deerfield Series are: the Talich Quartet on March 2, cellist Zuill Bailey with guest pianist on March 30, and Trio Latitude 41 closing out the season on May 11, 2013.

Tickets purchased in advance are $28 for adults, $5 for students under 18, $10 for accompanying adults and students 18 and over. At the door, tickets are $32, $5 for students under 18, $10 for accompanying adults and students 18 and over. Venues are handicapped accessible. Tickets may be ordered at (413) 774-4200, or by mail, 91 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Greenfield, MA 01301; or, on the web at www.musicindeerfield.org.

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