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Mandelring Quartet to perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms

Feb 08, 2016 01:46PM ● By Erica Shames

Mandelring Quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods.

The quartet features Sebastian Schmidt on violin, Nanette Schmidt on violin, Andreas Willwohl on viola, and Bernhard Schmidt on cello.

While at the Weis Center they will perform a program called Charm and Anguish that includes Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major op. 18 no. 3, Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8 and Brahms: String Quartet in C minor op. 51 No. 1.

In 2008, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung declared that the Mandelring Quartet was so good that it is a worthy successor to the Alban Berg Quartet. Writing of their Shostakovich cycle at the Salzburg Festival, the leading Austrian arts magazine, Die Bühne, named it as the heir of the legendary Borodin Quartet, and the renowned music magazine Fono Forum counts it as one of the six best string quartets in the world.

By grasping the spiritual dimension, exploring the emotional extremes and working on the details, these musicians probe far beneath the surface of each work, thus revealing the multiple layers of meaning inherent in each. Based in the German wine region in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, the three Schmidt siblings - Sebastian, Nanette and Bernhard - joined with violist Roland Glassl in a partnership dedicated to exemplary performances of chamber music.

Their success in winning some of the world's great competitions - Munich (ARD), Evian and Reggio Emilia (Premio Paolo Borciani) - launched an international career. Since 2010 the Quartet has presented regular series of concerts in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie and in its hometown of Neustadt.

Their numerous CD recordings have been repeatedly awarded the German Music Critics' Prize and nominated for the International Classical Music Award, confirming the Mandelring Quartet's exceptional quality and wide-ranging repertoire.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at the or by calling 570-577-1000.

Please note that chamber seating will be offered for this performance in the main auditorium only; the balcony will be closed.

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

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a folk/blues/Americana performance by Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

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

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