Colorado Quartet returns to Blacksburg
March 24, 2011
The concert is a part of the University Chamber Music series. The quartet will present a program of all Beethoven, featuring works from the early, middle, and late periods: "Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2;" "Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74;" and "Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132."
Violinists Julie Rosenfeld and Deborah Lydia Redding, violist Marka Gustavsson, and cellist Katie Schlaikjer have all experienced groundbreaking success for nearly three decades. Catapulted onto the scene by back-to-back wins at the first Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in May 1983, it was the first all-woman quartet to attain international stature. Since then the Quartet has played over 1,200 concerts worldwide and is the first female quartet in history to perform the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in North America and Europe.
Fanfare Magazine wrote, "The Colorado Quartet tears into these works with a combined tension, cohesion, grace, and complete understanding of the music ... if it's the music and what the music says that interests you, well this is the only set of the late quartets you'll ever need. .. these four women bring Beethoven to intense, blazing life."
Among their many accolades, the ensemble is the first female quartet in history to perform the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in Europe and North America. Their performances are noted for musical integrity, impassioned playing and lyrical finesse. This will be the quartet's second performance on Virginia Tech’s campus in less than two years.
Tickets are $15 general / $10 senior / $5 student, and are available at the University Unions Student Activities Box Office in Squires Student Center. To order tickets, call (540) 231-5615 or visit the box office online. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Square parking garage or the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional Downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.