Brentano String Quartet: from the silver screen to the stage of Schwab

Posted by John Mark Rafacz on February 26, 2013 

Brentano String Quartet made its feature film debut in November with the release of A Late Quartet. But don't expect the ensemble-in-residence at Princeton University, which performs Wednesday evening at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium, to "go Hollywood."

The film—starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken—uses Brentano's recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Op. 131 quartet as the foundation of its soundtrack. Nina Lee, Brentano's cellist, even has a walk-on role (appearing as herself) in the Yaron Zilberman-directed movie.

Brentano performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the second season of the Center for the Performing Arts presentation of the complete Beethoven string quartets. The program features the quartets in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; E-flat Major, Op. 74, Harp; and F Major, Op. 135.

"Make no mistake: the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet," wrote a reviewer for The Times of London. "Their music making is private, delicate and fresh," wrote a New York Times critic, "but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention."

Violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin and violist Misha Amory are founding members of the quartet, which began in 1992. Lee joined in 1998.

Tickets are still available for the concert.

Steinberg and Lee are scheduled to speak at Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion, that takes place in Schwab one hour before the concert and is free for ticket holders.


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