The Brentano String Quartet performs classical works by Mozart, Bartók, and Schubert
October 21, 2014
The Brentano String Quartet will present a program of classical music that highlights the ensemble’s ability to mesh virtuosic sounds perfectly, yet showcase the individual personalities of the musicians, on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.
Presented by Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.
The concert program will feature some of the quartet’s extensive repertoire, including Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, also called “The Hunt;” Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3; and Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden.”
Based in New York, the Brentano String Quartet features Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin on violins, Misha Amory on viola, and cellist Nina Lee.
Since its inception in 1992, the quartet has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, and Australia. The Brentano Quartet succeeded the Tokyo Quartet as artists in residence at Yale University in July, departing from its 14-year residency at Princeton University. The quartet also currently serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
In 2012, the Brentano String Quartet provided the central music for the feature film “A Late Quartet,” directed by Yaron Zilberman and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Mark Ivanir.
In 2013, the second of three recordings featuring the late Beethoven Quartets was released on Aeon Records. Previous recordings include a disc of Mozart, and the Opus 71 quartets of Haydn. They have also recorded the music of Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen.
The quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven's “immortal beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
The quartet’s musicians are known as both extraordinary musicians and dynamic teachers. On Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m., Steinberg (violin) and Lee (cello) of the ensemble will offer a master class in string performance with students from Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Squires Recital Salon, located within Squires Student Center.
Tickets are $20-$45 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300.
Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.