On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. the Juilliard String Quartet will perform at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport, courtesy of the Westport Arts Center.
“The legendary Juilliard String Quartet is one of the world’s most honored ensembles and will make a very rare Fairfield County appearance, playing two of the towering late string quartets of Beethoven: in E-Flat Major, Op. 127, and in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131. This is a privilege for the Westport Arts Center and a concert that is not to be missed,” said Russell Platt, chamber music curator for WAC.
Tickets are $65 for general admission and are available at 203-222-7070, online at westportartscenter.org, or at the door starting 30 minutes before the concert.
Kate Remington, musical director from WSHU Public Radio, will serve as the emcee for the evening.
“The Juilliard Quartet have been my companions ever since I began my classical music journey in high school. They’ve been the ensemble I turn to time and again to hear the definitive performance of a work. They’ve been evolving through the decades, and as members have left and new musicians have joined the quartet, they’ve had the steady presence of their violist, Samuel Rhodes, and cellist, Joel Krosnik, to guide them. Their importance and influence in classical music can’t be measured, except perhaps in the legacy of the countless young musicians and ensembles they’ve inspired,” she said.
During the course of its history, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed more than 500 works, including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, with works by the country’s finest jazz musicians among them. It was the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet catalog.
The quartet has carried the banner of the United States and the Juilliard School throughout the world, contributing to the reputation of the school as one of the world’s foremost conservatories. The Juilliard String Quartet was quartet-in-residence at the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and held a residency at Michigan State University for more than a decade. The members of the quartet have taught master classes and seminars worldwide, and have appeared many times as guest artists and lecturers at the Conservatoire de Paris. Through its annual Juilliard School String Quartet Seminar, and its work with graduate quartets in residence, the quartet has been instrumental in the formation of numerous ensembles, among them the Alexander, American, Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai, Afiara, and Colorado string quartets.
The Westport Arts Center is supported with funds from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation Inc., Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Cohen and Wolf P.C., the Connecticut Office of the Arts, 4th Row Films, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Gault Inc., Greenwich Medical Skincare & Laser Spa, GWAY Marketing Gymnasium, Andrew J. & Christine C. Hall Foundation, Melissa & Doug, Mitchell’s of Westport, Moffly Media, Newman’s Own Foundation, Pepperidge Farm Inc., Riverside Management Group LLC, Robinson and Cole LLP, Sun Hill Foundation, Thomas C. Hofstetter of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Westport Resources, Xerox Foundation, and WSHU Public Radio Group.
For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070 or westportartscenter.org. The Westport Arts Center gallery, open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., is at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport.