Brentano String Quartet performs final concert in Beethoven cycle Feb. 21 at Schwab

Posted by John Mark Rafacz on February 20, 2014 

Brentano String Quartet performs an all-Beethoven program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Penn State's Schwab Auditorium.

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Ludwig van Beethoven takes a bow Friday evening at Penn State. Well, sort of.

Brentano String Quartet performs the final concert of a three-season Center for the Performing Arts program featuring all of Beethoven's string quartets at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in University Park's Schwab Auditorium.

The concert features Beethoven's quartets in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; F minor, Op. 95; and E minor, Op. 59, No. 2.

The Brentano musicians on Friday also conclude a three-day residency at Penn State. The visit features a variety of free, public engagement activities.

Tickets for the Feb. 21 concert are still available.

Brentano's playing is "passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding," wrote a critic for The Independent of London.

Violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin and violist Misha Amory founded the quartet in 1992. Cellist Nina Marie Lee joined in 1998. Brentano has been ensemble-in-residence at Princeton University since 1999. The quartet begins a similar position at Yale University later this year.

The concert and residency are part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. The project, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.

Read a Classical Music Project blog post, about the Beethoven quartet cycle, written by Amory.

The Brentano musicians are scheduled to speak at Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion, one hour before the Feb. 21 concert. Artistic Viewpoints is free to concert ticket holders.

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