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Brentano String Quartet at Weis Center: Works by Mozart, Bartok and Schubert

Sep 29, 2014 09:38PM ● By Erica Shames

The Brentano String Quartet will perform classical works by Mozart, Bartok and Schubert on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The program includes Mozart's Quartet in Bb-Major, K 458 ("Hunt"); Bartok's Quartet No. 3; and Schubert's Quartet in D-minor ("Death and the Maiden"). The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sam and Nancy Craig. There will be a post-performance reception with the artists in the Lobby.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved."

Recipients of the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. In recent seasons the Quartet has performed all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, Japan and Australia.

The Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music, performing many musical works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium, among them Madrigals of Gesualdo, Fantasias of Purcell, and secular vocal works of Josquin.

The Quartet, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2002 by commissioning 10 composers to write companion pieces for selections from Bach's Art of Fugue, also has worked with the celebrated poet Mark Strand, commissioning poetry to accompany works of Haydn and Webern.

Recordings include the Opus 71 Quartets of Haydn, a Mozart disc for Aeon Records with the K. 464 Quartet and the K. 593 Quintet, with violist Hsin-Yun Huang, the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records, and the music of Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen.

In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the Quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The following season the Quartet became the first Resident String Quartet at Princeton University, where they give performances at least once a semester, conduct workshops with graduate composers, coach undergraduates in chamber music, and assist in other music classes.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at 

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is "Sounds from Hanoi", an electronic/new music performance by Tri Minh's Quartet on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby. The concert is free; tickets are not required. The performance is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or

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