For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — World-renowned classical ensemble Emerson String Quartet will perform Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The performance is sponsored, in part, by Dede and Bob Gronlund and family.
Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, said, “The Emerson String Quartet is the definitive American string quartet. This ensemble is truly peerless in the world of classical chamber music. I hope central Pennsylvania audiences will take this rare opportunity to experience the profound musicianship of this top notch quartet.”
The program will include Mozart’s Quartet K. 499, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 12, and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 59, No. 1.
The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards and three Gramophone Awards. Named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America in 2000, in March 2004 they became the 18th recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.
This year, the Quartet has performed extensively throughout North America, as well as in the Canary Islands, Paris, Moscow, Salzburg, Vienna, Copenhagen, Munich, Perugia and London. The Emerson has had a residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for more than 32 seasons.
The New York Times says of the ensemble, “The performances were everything we have come to expect from this superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting.” Formed in the bicentennial year of the United States, the Quartet took its name from American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Founding members, violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, were joined by violist Lawrence Dutton in 1977 and cellist David Finckel in 1979.
The ensemble recently announced what will be its first member change in 34 years, when cellist Paul Watkins replaces Finckel at the end of the 2012-13 concert season. Finckel will leave the group to devote more time to his personal artistic endeavors.
To commemorate its 25th-anniversary season, the Quartet compiled a commemorative book, Converging Lines. Written in the members’ own words, the book contains never-before-published text, graphics and photos from the Emerson’s private archives.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+ and $10 for youth. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, in person at any Box Office location, or by calling the Campus Box Office at 577-1000.