LEWISBURG — Britain’s world-renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be in residence at Bucknell University this month. The quartet will give four concerts, meet with classes and present several workshops during their residency.
The concerts, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Members of the string quartet are Alan George, viola, an original member of the quartet; Lucy Russell, violin; Marcus Barcham-Stevens, violin; and Heather Tuach, violoncello.
Founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the Fitzwilliam first became well known through their close personal association with Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the Western premières of his last three quartets.
“The Fitzwilliam is one of the very few string quartets in Britain that performs on both historical and modern instruments,” said Barry Hannigan, professor of music at Bucknell.
“Quartet-in-residence at the Universities of York and Warwick, they also were affiliate artists at Bucknell from 1978 to 1986, returning to campus on a regular basis beginning in 1998 and, most recently, the last two years. Those lucky enough to have heard the quartet over the years can attest to the high quality of their performances.
“It is an extraordinary opportunity for the community to hear these musicians for free. We sincerely thank the generosity of the Kushell family, which has endowed a series of residencies for the Bucknell Music Department,” Hannigan said.
The Bucknell concert program includes:
Sunday, Feb. 9: The Quartet will be joined by the Rooke Chapel Choir, directed by William Payn, in a concert featuring Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord Always (Bell Anthem),” Gibbons’ “This is the Record of John,” Puccini’s “Crisantemi,” Gjeilo’s “The Ground,” Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater (Nos.1, 8, 12),” Mozart’s Quartet in G major, K.80” and Schubert’s “Mass in G major, D.167.” The Feb. 9 concert will be held in Rooke Chapel.
Thursday, Feb 13: The program, which includes Quartet in B flat (1865) by Tchaikovsky; “Quartet No.1 in A major (1879)” by Borodin; “A Night Piece & Scherzo” by Arthur Foote; and “Quartet in E minor (1873)” by Verdi, will be held in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.
Sunday, Feb 16: The Quartet, which will be held in Rooke Recital Hall, will perform John Ramsay’s “Quartet No.1 in D minor (2001),” Donizetti’s “La Morte del Marchese Giuseppe Terzi (1819),” Hugo Wolf ‘s “Italian Serenade” and Beethoven’s “Quartet in F major, Op.59/1 (Rasumovsky).”
Thursday, Feb 20: The program includes “Quartet in D minor, Op.103” by Haydn: “Vocalise, Op.34/14” by Rachmaninov; “Quartet in D minor, Op.56 Voces Intimae” by Sibelius; and “Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44” by Schumann. The concert will be held in Rooke Recital Hall.
In addition to the concert schedule, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet will perform Sunday at the 11 a.m. Worship Service in Rooke Chapel.
For more information concerning the concerts or class visits, call (570) 577-1239.