CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Brentano String Quartet, one of the world’s pre-eminent chamber music ensembles, will visit Austin Peay State University at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 for a special performance in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is hosted by the Clarksville Community Concert Association, which works to bring world-class and engaging artists of the highest quality to the local community.
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world in major venues to popular and critical acclaim. The London Independent called the ensemble “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer praised their “luxuriously warm sound.”
Shortly after its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, and in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two, a program that is now a coveted distinction for chamber groups and individuals.
The Brentano String Quartet concert will also coincide with the Austin Peay State University Honors Orchestra Festival, to be held Oct. 19 and 20.
“I am so excited to have the world-class Brentano Quartet as part of the Honor Orchestra Festival,” Dr. Emily Hanna Crane, APSU assistant professor of music and festival coordinator, said. “Not only will the students get to attend the concert on Friday night, thanks to the CCCA, but the quartet will offer for the Honor Orchestra students a clinic that promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of them.”
The Brentano Quartet concert will include music of Henry Purcell, Béla Bartók and Ludwig van Beethoven. A selection of Purcell’s “Fantasias” will be followed by Béla Bartók's Quartet No. 4, which is based on folk tunes. The concert will end with Beethoven’s superb String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130.
Dr. Ann Silverberg, APSU professor of music and CCCA vice president, heard the Brentano Quartet in Massachusetts last year and said she is “thrilled” to hear them again. For tickets or additional information, visit www.clarksvillemusic.org or call 1-877-811-0200.