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Elias String Quartet

Sunday, February 16, 2020
3:30pm to 5:30pm
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The Elias String Quartet takes its name from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah (Elias is its German form). It was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

In 2009 the Elias was a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. With the support of the Trust, the Quartet mounted "The Beethoven Project" to study and perform all of Beethoven's string quartets as cycles while sharing the experience through a website and social media. The Project culminated with a cycle of six concerts recorded for Wigmore Hall Live; it became a profound element of the Quartet's tapestry of music. As The Scotsman wrote, "From recent years of working through all Beethoven's quartets, the Elias have unearthed magical secrets."


Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Beamish: Quartet No. 3, "Reed Stanzas"
Mendelssohn, Felix: Quartet in A minor, Op. 13


The series was founded in 1904, making it the nation's oldest chamber music series. The concerts have been held in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium since 1965, and were held in an earlier campus performance space from 1924 to 1927.Download the 2019-2020 Coleman series brochure

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$55, $45, $35, $25; $20 youth; Caltech/JPL discounts available