Acclaimed Ensemble Plays All-Beethoven Program
Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society will present the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in a concert featuring an all-Beethoven program including the String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op.133 and String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Prior to the concert members of the Borromeo will give a lecture entitled Expressive Strokes, concerning Beethoven's expressive musical vocabulary.
Now in the twenty-fifth year since its founding, the Borromeo String Quartet’s vast repertoire and international acclaim have placed it among the most important chamber ensembles of its era. It has been the faculty ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory since 1992 as well as ensemble-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Taos School of Music summer program. It has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2007), the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2001), a Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America (1998) and top prize at the International String Quartet Competition at Evian, France in 1990. Highlights of the BSQ's 2014-2015 season include concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany and a concert tour of China.
The Borromeo was established in 1989 by violinist Nicholas Kitchen and three other classmates at the Curtis Institute who then went on to graduate school at the NEC. The ensemble quickly burst onto the international stage with top prizes at the Evian International Competition and the Young Artists Concert Auditions in New York, and has remained in high demand ever since, performing over a hundred concerts annually around the world. Current members of the quartet include Mr. Kitchen and, Kristopher Tong, violins, Mai Motobuchi, viola and Yeesun Kim, cello.
The BSQ has become particularly renowned for its mastery and performances of many of classical music’s most celebrated and sometimes newest composers of the string quartet genre. They have presented the string quartet cycles of Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Schubert in addition to contemporary composers Lera Auerbach, Jennifer Higdon, John Harbison and Gunther Schuller, among others. The Boston Globe’s Jeremy Eichler wrote in his April, 2012 review of the Borromeo’s performance of the three late Beethoven quartets, “A sense of existential struggle is written into this howling, premonitory music, and the Borromeo dramatized that element, pushing instruments and techniques to their outermost limits….a fitting close to an epic cycle.”
The concert on January 18th will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord (MA) Center. The pre-concert lecture by the musicians will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 405-0130. Tickets for individual concerts are $42 and $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, $37 and $28 respectively for students and seniors. The facility is handicapped accessible. Free parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office. Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square.
[January 5th, 2015]