Takács Quartet announces spring concerts at CU

Programs in January, March and April cover repertoire from 18th to 21st centuries

By Peter Alexander January 4 at 3:05 p.m.

The Takács Quartet has announced their spring series of concerts on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. As usual, each of the three concerts will be played twice, on a Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the following Monday at 7:30 p.m.: Jan. 8 and 9, March 12 and 13; and April 16 and 17 (see full programs below). All performances will be in Grusin Hall of the Imig Music Building.

Takács Quartet. Image by Amanda Tipton Photography

Each concert includes at least one piece that is outside what is regarded as the core repertoire for string quartet. The first concert of the series, scheduled for the coming weekend (Jan. 8 and 9) includes the String Quartet in E-flat major by Fanny Mendelssohn, programmed together with quartets by Haydn and Beethoven.

Fanny Mendelssohn was the sister of the better known composer and an accomplished musician in her own right. The Quartet in E-flat was performed only once during Mendelssohn’s life, largely because her brother disapproved of it.

The second program features two quartets by Schubert—the early Quartet in B-flat major, written when the composer was 17, and his last quartet, composed 12 years later. Completing the program is Summa by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Originally written as a choral work, Summa has been subsequently arranged by the composer for strings, and has been performed alike by quartets and string orchestras.

The final program of the spring series will feature the Takács with guest artist Julien Labro performing on bandoneon, the Argentinian cousin of the accordion, and accordina, a  mouth-blown harmonicon with a keyboard of a button accordion. The program will feature music by Labron, Bryce Desner, Dino Saluzzi and Clarice Assad, as well as the String Quartet in F major by Ravel.

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Takács Quartet

  • Haydn: String Quartet in F major, op.77 no. 2
  • Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat major
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, op.132

4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9
Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building

In-person and live stream tickets HERE 

Takács Quartet

  • Arvo Pärt: Summa 
  • Schubert: String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat major, D112 
  • —String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D88

4 p.m. Sunday, March 12
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 13
Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building

In-person and live stream tickets HERE

Julien Labro

Takács Quartet with Julien Labro, bandoneon and accordina

  • Bryce Dessner : Circles
  • Labro: Meditation No. 1
  • Dino Saluzzi: Minguito
  • J.S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, S645
  • Labro: Astoración
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
  • Clarice Assad: Clash

4 p.m. Sunday, April 16
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17
Grusin Hall, Imig Music Building

In-person and live stream tickets HERE

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