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Emerson String Quartet

Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:30pm to 5:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
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Like the poet/philosopher after whom it is named, the Emerson String Quartet has an enduring reputation for artistry—earning nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year" since its founding in 1976. The Quartet has also contributed to the tapestry of music by commissioning and performing new works from composers such as Thomas Adés, Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Edgar Meyer.

Every performance is itself a multi-hued, multi-textured tapestry. As the Philadelphia Enquirer noted, "Few string quartets have regularly displayed such individuality among members—an ideal stance for coloring and differentiating the complex strands of the fugues."



Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp"
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

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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