Celebrated Borromeo String Quartet Concludes First Year of Classical Convergence
Classical Convergence, Music, University Center for the Arts | April 06, 2015
Returning for an ninth season at CSU, the Borromeo close the first season of new music series partnership between CSU and Lincoln Center
Together with the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, the CSU Department of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet, the final installment in the 2014-15 Classical Convergence Music Series, on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington Street. This new series features traditional classical solo artists and chamber ensembles, as well as explores the new projects and concepts continually branching out of the genre.
Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for the public. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Center box office at 417 West Magnolia Street, by phone at (970) 221-6730, or online at tickets.lctix.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door at the University Center for the Arts (UCA). The ticket office in the UCA lobby opens 90 minutes prior to any UCA performance and through intermission.
Building on the classical concert programs of both organizations, the co-produced Classical Convergence Series has featured seven world-class performers and ensembles – performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center – including Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, as well as pianist Jeremy Denk, Mother Falcon, the Borromeo String Quartet, Orchid Ensemble, Classical Jam, and the Mendelssohn Trio. The series will continue next year, with the new season announced in May.
“The series allows us to thoroughly examine the intersection of world-class performers and our community, creating intimate experiences that allow for real interaction with these artists,” said Jack Rogers, general manager for the Lincoln Center.
Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Borromeo String Quartet, featuring Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello, has performed a vast repertoire worldwide and collaborated with many of today’s great composers and performers, earning them acclaim as one of the most important string quartets of our time.
Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo’s ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable.
“To hear and see them perform has always felt to me like taking a private tour through a composer’s mind,” says Cathy Fuller, Classical New England host on WGBH radio.
The Borromeo, in fact, are much celebrated for pioneering the use of computer technology to enable each musician to perform from full scores and composer manuscripts, a revealing and transformative experience which has never before been possible.
This concert features master works spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in c minor, Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 2 in F major op. 22, and Enesco’s String Octet op. 7
For this final piece, the members of Borromeo are joined by CSU faculty Ron Francois, CSU graduate student Adrian Barrera Ramos, violin; CSU faculty Margaret Miller, viola; and CSU faculty Barbara Thiem, cello.
Residency activities at the University Center for the Arts include:
A critical component of the Classical Convergence Series is the opportunity for artist-student interaction. Several of the Classical Convergence artists give master classes at CSU, providing dynamic, hands-on instruction in an informal setting; the sessions will be free and open for public observation.
The internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet has been quartet-in-residence at Colorado State University for nine seasons, leading master classes and performing as guest artists in the spring. The 2014-15 season marks the quartet renewing their commitment to the CSU string program by increasing their campus visits to twice each school year, providing additional coaching to CSU students, and performing on the Classical Convergence Concert Series.Master Classes for CSU Chamber Music Students Tuesday, April 14: 7-9 p.m. UCA 136 and 142 FREE and open to public observation LEAP Lecture with Nicholas Kitchen Wednesday, April 15 Rocky Mountain High School Master Class Thursday, April 16 Studio and Master Classes for CSU chamber music students Thursday, April 16: 7-9 p.m. UCA 202-204 FREE and open to public observation Pre-college Chamber Music Festival Friday, April 17: 1 p.m. Organ Recital Hall, UCA FREE and open to public observation Master Class for Pre-College Chamber Groups Saturday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. Organ Recital Hall, UCA FREE and open to public observation Pre-college Chamber Music Festival Concert Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m. Organ Recital Hall, UCA FREE and open to the public
More about Borromeo String Quartet
Considered “Simply the best there is” by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Golijov, and their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark. More information can be found at http://www.borromeoquartet.org/
About the Classical Convergence Series:
The 2014-15 marked the beginning of a partnership between the Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Fort Collins Lincoln Center with the launch of the Classical Convergence Concert Series. The series features traditional classical solo artists and chamber ensembles, while further exploring the full spectrum of the classical music genre. The 2015-16 line up will be announced in May. Read more.
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