Brentano String Quartet has traveled extensively, performing in the world’s great concert halls and earning a reputation for performances that combine deep musical insight with stylistic elegance and technical brilliance. The quartet’s playing is “passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding,” raves a critic for The Independent of London. The 2012 feature film A Late Quartet uses Brentano’s recording of Beethoven’s Op. 131 quartet as the foundation of its soundtrack. The ensemble-in-residence at Princeton University includes violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory, and cellist Nina Lee.
Artist website: Brentano String Quartet
2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall
The public is welcome to observe when the members of Brentano String Quartet lead a master class for two Penn State School of Music graduate string quartets. Tim Deighton, professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.
Noon Thursday, February 20
Outreach Building Lobby
100 Innovation Boulevard
The public is invited to attend a lunchtime event, presented in collaboration with coolBLUE Events at Innovation Park, with Brentano String Quartet. The 60-minute session includes a discussion and performance of several works.
2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 20
115 Music Building I
The public is invited to observe the Brentano String Quartet as it leads a discussion with students in a class focused on the chamber music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The quartet performs selected works to enhance the discussion. Mark Ferraguto, assistant professor of musicology at Penn State, hosts the 75-minute session. Public attendance is limited to 35 people.
4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 20
Atherton Hall Grandfather Clock Lounge
Not open to the public
Brentano String Quartet takes classical music to a residence hall with an intimate performance for and discussion with Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College students. The 60-minute event is open to Schreyer Scholars and residents of the Honors Living Learning Community.
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 21
Brentano returns to Schwab Auditorium to perform the final concert of a three-year Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State program featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s complete string quartets. The concert features the quartets in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; F minor, Op. 95; and E minor, Op. 59, No. 2.
Adult $42 | University Park Student $12 | 18 and Younger $32
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.
Nina C. Brown Endowment
Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the Brentano musicians, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.
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