By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory
Oct. 30, 2019: Concordia Conservatory will present the Emerson String Quartet as part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series' 17th season-opening concert on November 2, at 7 pm. The program includes Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 "Seriosos"; Mendelssohn-Hensel's String Quartet in E-flat Major and Dvorak's String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 51.
The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with over four decades of an unparalleled list of achievements: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With a repertoire that spans three centuries of chamber music, the Emerson String Quartet also looks towards the future by collaborating with today's most esteemed composers and premiering new works. They are committed to keeping the art form of the string quartet alive and more relevant than ever. The quartet members are Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.
The Quartet's 2019-20 season began with a seven-city tour in Australia, reflecting all aspects of the Emerson's venerable artistry with high-profile projects, collaborations, and tours. North American highlights of the season include the Emerson's three-concert series at Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series pairing Beethoven's "Razumovsky" Quartets with the complete Bartók cycle, its 41st series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and appearances at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, Friends of Chamber Music in Vancouver, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, South Mountain Concerts, Friends of Music Concerts, Wooster Chamber Music, Chamber Music Cincinnati and Chamber Music Louisville. Overseas, the Emerson Quartet performs the complete Beethoven Cycle at the Seoul International Music Festival and embarks on three European tours throughout the season in Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Spain.
Lawrence Dutton has served as the Artistic Director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 17 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists.
There will be a pre-concert lecture, More Than Music, at 6 pm in Stein Hall before the concert with Conservatory faculty presenting a detailed study of the chamber music featured in the concert.
Tickets for the concert are $40 adult and $20 senior/child. Tickets for the pre-concert lecture are $18.
For information, call the Concordia Conservatory office at (914) 395-4507 or click here to order tickets online.
Pictured: Emerson String Quartet
Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory