Juilliard String Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet

Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7:30pm | Foellinger Great Hall

Classical Mix Series | In 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet was created by American composer William Schuman, then president of the Juilliard School, and the quartet’s original first violinist, Robert Mann. The ensemble’s purposes would be to perform—both contemporary work and classical repertory—and to teach at Juilliard. From its inception through today, as the group welcomes new first violinist Joseph Lin, these have remained the cornerstones of its mission.

The quartet has consistently realized its credo to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” This performance at Krannert Center exemplifies the group’s mission and includes a Mozart quartet nicknamed “The Violet” after a poem by Goethe; music from Bach’s Art of the Fugue, perhaps the composer’s ultimate melding of logic and beauty; and a work from Elliott Carter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer who recently celebrated his 103rd birthday with three world premieres and died in November 2012.

Bach: Selections from Art of the Fugue
Carter: String Quartet No. 5
Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575

This performance will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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Endowed Sponsors
Lois & Louis Kent

Patron Co-sponsors
Barbara & Miles Klein
Judith & Jon Liebman