Juilliard String Quartet


Three performances across Metro Detroit:

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Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 PM

The War Memorial – Patriot Theater
32 Lakeshore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48326

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Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 PM

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
50400 Cherry Hill Road
Canton, MI 48188


Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 PM

Oakland University - Varner Recital Hall
371 Varner Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4485


Beethoven: Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
Kurtág: Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 44 
Beethoven: Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Making their sixth annual visit to the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Juilliard String Quartet brings to the stage a tradition of chamber music excellence stretching as far back as the CMSD itself. Founded in 1946, this great ensemble has constantly reinvented itself, an evolutionary process that has refined the very definition of American chamber music, in their own performances and through their mentoring of generations of young musicians.

The centerpiece of their program, Beethoven’s masterful Quartet in C-sharp minor, was regarded by the composer as the favorite of all his quartets.  In contrast to the geniality of the early Op. 18 F major Quartet, Op. 131’s poignant opening fugue, in the words of Richard Wagner, “reveals the most melancholy sentiment expressed in music;” music historian Joseph Kerman calls it "this most moving of all fugues.”  Sandwiched between the two Beethoven works is a set of six short pieces by Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who’s widely regarded as one of the most important avant-garde composers of the second half of the 20th century.

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