04.18.14_VS_Borromeo Celebrated Borromeo String Quartet Continues New Partnership with Lincoln CenterImage of

Celebrated Borromeo String Quartet Continues New Partnership with Lincoln Center

10.03.14_CC_BorromeoReturning for an ninth season at CSU, this time as part of innovative new concert series

Together with the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, the CSU Department of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet, the second installment in the new Classical Convergence Music Series, on Friday, Oct. 3 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 features 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 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 from the 20th century, including Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114, and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36.

Borromeo Residency at CSU

A critical component of the new series is the opportunity for artist-student interaction. Classical Convergence artists will 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. Starting fall 2014, the quartet is 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 new Classical Convergence Concert Series.

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:

Fall 2014 marks the beginning of a partnership between the Colorado State University Dept. 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. Read more.

2014-15 Season:

Borromeo String Quartet

Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Orchid Ensemble with the CSU Concert Choir

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Mendelssohn Trio

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Jeremy Denk, Piano

Tuesday, Jan., 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Joshua Bell, Violin

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Center

Classical Jam

Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

Borromeo String Quartet

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m. University Center for the Arts

The University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society.

For more information, visit UCA.Colostate.edu.