The Escher String Quartet
September 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Minsky Recital Hall
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The Escher String Quartet

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Minsky Recital Hall

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season it not only presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle in a concert streamed live from the Rose Studio, but was also one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. In the current season, the quartet is invited to tour with CMS to China.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleischer, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Paul Watkins, and David Shifrin,  and In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Known for their wide stylistic interests, the Escher Quartet has collaborated with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Kurt Elling, legendary Latin artist Paquito D’Rivera, and tours regularly with Grammy award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux.

The Escher Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, with recent debuts including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Kings Place, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall and Auditorium du Louvre. With a strong collaborative approach, the group has appeared at festivals such as Heidelberg Spring Festival, Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses, Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and Perth International Arts Festival in Australia.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 “Hunt”
Thomas Ades – Arcadiana for String Quartet
Edvard Grieg – Quartet in g minor, Op. 27

After the concert, please join us for the unveiling of Mina, a sculpture by Andres von Huene. The sculpture, created in association with The Littlefield Gallery Sculptor-in-Residence Program, will reside in the lobby at the Collins Center.

Following the dedication, we’ll be delighted if you join us for a reception to mingle with the Escher musicians and others in attendance.

Adult $35 | K-12 free, accompanying at least one paying adult | All fees included
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We hope you enjoy this concert, featured as a selection in the John I. and Elizabeth E. Patches Chamber Music Series.

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