The Buffalo Chamber Music Society season closes on Tuesday, April 23 with a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet. The concert begins at 8 pm in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall and will be preceded by a talk with the musicians beginning at 7:15. The program includes quartets by Beethoven, Beecher and Dvorak.
Founded in 1946 and hailed by the Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works.
The 2018-19 season has included concerts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, London, Oslo, Athens, Vancouver, Toronto and New York, with many return engagements all over the USA. The season also introduced a newly commissioned String Quartet by the wonderful young composer, Lembit Beecher.
Having recently celebrated its 70th anniversary the Quartet added to its celebrated discography, releasing a new album featuring the world premiere recording of Mario Davidovsky’s Fragments (2016), together with Beethoven Quartet Op. 95 and Bartók Quartet No. 1. The quartet’s recordings of the Bartók and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven, have won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the JSQ became the first classical music ensemble to receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The JSQ is string quartet in residence at Juilliard and its members are all sought-after teachers on the string and chamber music faculties. Each May, they host the five-day internationally recognized Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. During the summer, the JSQ works closely on string quartet repertoire with students at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Tickets for this concert are $30 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.bflochambermusic.org. STUDENTS ARE FREE.
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET PROGRAM
Areta Zhulla, violin Quartet Op.18, No.3 Beethoven
Ronald Copes, violin New Work Lembit Beecher
Roger Tapping, viola Quartet, Op.96 Dvorak