Emerson String Quartet to Team Up With the Louisville Orchestra


UPDATE: Read my review of this concert here.


Next Friday, the Emerson String Quartet will take to Whitney Hall with the Louisville Orchestra and Jorge Mester in a double concerto tour-de-force that promises to be as engaging as it is ambitious.


Formed in 1976 in New York, the Emerson String Quartet is considered to be one of the most exceptional quartets in the world with over thirty-five years on the concert stage and over forty recordings.  In that time, the ensemble—which takes its name from American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson—has been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and an unprecedented nine Grammy Awards, most recently for its album Intimate Letters which won Best Chamber Music Performance in 2009.


After the departure of longtime Quartet cellist, David Finckel, Emerson’s 2013/14 season began with a new member in noted cello soloist and conductor, Paul Watkins. Check out some behind-the-scenes with the Quartet here.


The diversity of next week’s program offers something for everyone.  Britten’s Soirées musicales will be a triumphant overture for the Quartet, members of which will perform alongside the orchestra Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364 (for violin and viola) and Brahms’s Double Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello.  The finale will be Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestral interpretation of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25.


There will be two performances of this concert: Thursday, March 27th at 10 am as part of the Classics and Coffee Concert Series and Friday, March 28th at 8pm (both in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center).  Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.


About Michael J. Lambert
Native Louisvillian, local musician, School of Music grad. Writing about the classical music scene in our lovely River City. If you have a question or want to debate Wagner, drop me a line on Twitter!
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