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Dover Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

• DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM FOR THIS CONCERT Our musical tour concludes with a visit to Shostakovich’s Russia and a return to Beethoven’s incomparable late quartets—three of which, including Op. 132, were commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin in St. Petersburg. He agreed to Beethoven’s requested fee of 50 ducats each… the last two finally paid to … Continue reading Dover Quartet

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Heath Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

The best storytellers display an infectious passion. And the Heath Quartet—which in 2013 became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award— exemplifies this. The ensemble performs, says The Telegraph, “with fierce intelligence and feeling, passion and virtuosity.” The members’ commitment to chamber music has led them far … Continue reading Heath Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

The history of the Juilliard String Quartet with Coleman is a story in itself. This will be the Quartet’s 21st appearance, the first of which took place at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1951. Founded in 1946, the Quartet recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, and also welcomed its newest member, cellist Astrid Schween. In 2011, the Quartet … Continue reading Juilliard String Quartet

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Master storytellers are open and authentic. We, in turn, open to them; we connect. The St. Lawrence String Quartet is a master, as noted by Alex Ross of The New Yorker: “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take … Continue reading St. Lawrence String Quartet

Schubert Ensemble

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

In its 34 years, the Schubert Ensemble has become renowned as a proponent of music for piano and strings. Yes, the Ensemble’s repertoire includes Schubert, but it also includes virtually every major work for piano quartet. Among its more than 30 acclaimed CDs the Dvořák disc and the more recent of two Ensecu discs for … Continue reading Schubert Ensemble

Jerusalem Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Storytellers make words speak. They also know that beyond the words they speak, their delivery is crucial. The Jerusalem Quartet has certainly mastered its delivery. Since 1996, this Israeli ensemble has been ‘making strings speak’ on prominent concert stages throughout the US and Europe. Its goal, however, extends far beyond this: to achieve, it says, … Continue reading Jerusalem Quartet

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Some musical stories have texts, and soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Brentano Quartet to sing them. “You couldn’t tear your eyes away from Upshaw’s presentation as she inhabited the moods and characters of these poetic texts,” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer, “She was an involved storyteller, bringing meaning to each word of text.” The Brentano Quartet sings … Continue reading Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano

David Finckel & Wu Han

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

David Finckel and Wu Han “explode on the stage, exuding not only glamour and theatrical flair but also superb musical insight. The audience’s thrill is twofold” (The Washington Post). The artists present a program they have selected to illuminate the theme of German Mastery. From Beethoven’s incredibly lyrical Opus 69, composed at the height of … Continue reading David Finckel & Wu Han

REBEL

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Named after the innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel, REBEL is pronounced like the verb, not the noun…which makes sense, considering how this award-winning ensemble opens wide a dazzlingly authentic ‘picture window’ to the baroque era… a window both musical and visual as for this performance REBEL will be joined by baroque dancers Paige Whitley-Bauguess … Continue reading REBEL

The Pražák Quartet and The Zemlinsky Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena

Every musical configuration, be it vocal or instrumental, choral or symphonic, chamber or solo, is a distinctive window of the soul. The string octet is one of the more unusual windows, and the Pražák and Zemlinsky Quartets are joining together to explore the view. Throughout Coleman’s years, the Gade octet will be heard by our … Continue reading The Pražák Quartet and The Zemlinsky Quartet