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In 2012, when Gramophone launched its Hall of Fame, the Takács Quartet was inducted alongside artists such as Leonard Bernstein and Jascha Heifetz. The Takács (tah-KAHSH) was the only string quartet chosen for the first class. One of the world’s great ensembles, the quartet plays with drama, warmth, and humor. The ensemble combines four musical personalities to bring fresh insights to its repertoire. A few years ago the musicians were appointed as the first associate artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, where the quartet performs six concerts each season. Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the group performs about ninety concerts a year. Second violinist Károly Schranz, cellist András Fejér, and two others formed the quartet in 1975 when they were students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Edward Dusinberre, originally from England, became first violinist in 1993. Geraldine Walther, a Florida native who had been principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, joined in 2005. The ensemble has released sixteen recordings for the Decca label of music by Beethoven, Bartók, Borodin, Brahms, Chausson, Dvořák, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Smetana.

Artist website: Takács Quartet

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Classical Coffeehouse

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

The first Classical Coffeehouse of the 2014–2015 season features a performance by and discussion with the members of Takács Quartet, string musicians who are faculty fellows at the University of Colorado. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, including cookies and coffee, and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Strings Master Class

10 a.m. Wednesday, October 1
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe as members of the Takács Quartet lead a master class for Penn State School of Music string students. Tim Deighton, Penn State professor of music, hosts the two-hour session.

Lunch with Honors

12:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 1
W-023 Pattee Library
Not open to the public

The musicians of the Takács Quartet engage in an informal conversation with students in the Penn State Paterno Fellows program. The event includes lunch, discussion, and a question-and-answer session on topics including the quartet’s work and the concert program the ensemble will perform that evening at Schwab Auditorium.

Quartets by Haydn, Janáček and Debussy

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Schwab Auditorium

The Takács program includes Haydn’s String Quartet No. 50 in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3; Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters; and Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10.

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $19  |  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.

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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Takács violist Geraldine Walther and cellist András Fejér, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

But I Want to Dream

3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2
Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Titelman Study

The public is invited to a 90-minute lecture and demonstration on Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters. The Takács Quartet discusses the intersection between writing and music with Penn State Altoona faculty members Tim Melbinger, instructor in music, and Laura Rotunno, associate professor of English. The event includes short performance samples and light refreshments.

An Evening with Takács Quartet

7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2
Penn State Altoona
Edith Davis Eve Chapel

Takács performs a one-hour concert featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2, and Schubert’s Quartetsatz.

Free tickets, required for the evening concert, are available at the Misciagna Box Office, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, phone the box office at 814-949-5452.

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