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Thu, Apr 27, 2023
7:30 pm


General: $30-50 | Student: $10

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America's greatest quartet.

After 12 appearances on our series since 1979, 9 GRAMMY awards, and more than 30 celebrated recordings, the legendary Emerson String Quartet returns one last time as they make the final tour of their venerated 47-year career. Their program embodies the bittersweet nature of this occasion: pairing Shostakovich’s tragic final string quartet with one of the most life-affirming works in all of music history, Mendelssohn’s treasured string octet. Joining them for an encore performance on our series of this beloved octet are the Emerson’s protégés, the Calidore String Quartet. Come be a part of this momentous celebration as we experience this symbolic passing of the baton—or bow, as it were—from one generation to the next as we close our 129th Concert Classics series, both marking a historic moment and looking to the future.

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SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat Minor, Op. 144 (Emerson Quartet)

MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (Emerson & Calidore Quartets)

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Emerson String Quartet:

Eugene Drucker & Philip Setzer, Violins

Lawrence Dutton, Viola

Paul Watkins, Cello

Calidore String Quartet

Jeffery Meyers, Violin

Ryan Meehan, Violin

Jeremy Berry, Viola

Estelle Choi, Cello