Tuesday, April 10
Mary Seaton Room, 8:00 pm
The Danish String Quartet closes out the season with a hunt-themed program, featuring music by Mozart and Widmann, as well as Nordic folk music. Come at 7:15 for a talk hosted by WNED’s Peter Hall. Students are admitted free of charge.
The quartet was awarded the highly prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize 2011, which is Denmark’s largest cultural prize. In 2009 the quartet not only won First Prize in the Eleventh London International String Quartet Competition, but its performance was so convincing that it was awarded four additional prizes; The 20th Century Prize, the Beethoven Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Menton Festival Prize. The quartet has been together since they were in high school. “None of us have any memory of our lives without the string quartet,” they said on their website. “Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did. There is so much amazing music to delve into, and our hope is to continue our travels through life and music together as a quartet. And if all goes well, around 2060 we will beat the world record for longest running string quartet. On that day we will host a giant feast – you shall all be invited!”
Mozart – String Quartet in B-flat major, K.458 ‘Hunt’
Widmann – ‘Jagdquartett’
Folk music from the Nordic Countries