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Members of the Brentao String Quartet stand with their instruments.

Brentano String Quartet 2012


1Project Events

An Afternoon with Beethoven

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. March 22, 2012
Titelman Study, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
Penn State Altoona

The Brentano String Quartet took part in a salon-style lecture and performance on the life and works of Beethoven, moderated by Penn State Altoona faculty. This event was open to the public.

Music 262 class visit

11:15 a.m. March 23, 2012
110 Music Building I

The Brentano String Quartet visited Music 262, Survey of Music History, to discuss the Beethoven quartets and performance with students. This event was not open to the public.

School of Music Common Hour

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. March 23, 2012
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The Brentano String Quartet took part in a lecture and performance of Beethoven’s quartets moderated by School of Music faculty, Marie Sumner Lott. This event was open to the public.

Main Performance

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012
Schwab Auditorium

The Brentano String Quartet — named for Antonie Brentano, whom some scholars think was Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” — performs the second concert in a three-season Center for the Performing Arts program featuring all of Beethoven’s string quartets. The quartet’s playing is “passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding,” raves a critic for The Independent of London. A Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer praises the ensemble’s “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture.” Violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin and violist Misha Amory founded the quartet in 1992. Cellist Nina Lee joined in 1998. Brentano has been ensemble-in-residence at Princeton University since 1999. The program includes the quartets in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; B-flat Major, Op. 130; and B-flat Major, Op. 133, Grosse Fuge.

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Adult $40  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32


Nina C. Brown Endowment

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab Auditorium.

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Brentano String Quartet violinist Serena Canin and violist Misha Amory, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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