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|Calder Quartet to Present Three Concerts at Santa Monica College Broad Stage|
By Lookout Staff
March 9, 2017 -- The Calder Quartet will perform six of Beethoven's string quartets during a series of concerts starting this month at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, event organizers announced Thursday.
The quartet, which are Artists-in-Residence at the Santa Monica College Performance Arts Center, 1310 11th Street, will pair the Beethoven works with contemporary compositions at concerts March 19, April 9 and May 14.
"The new works are all commissioned for this series, inspired by (Beethoven's) Op. 59 quartets and themes of patronage in the past and in the present," organizers said.
Composed in 1806, Beethoven's three opus 59 quartets, known as the "Razumovsky" (or "Rasumovsky") string quartets, were commissioned by the Russian ambassador in Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky.
The quartets were composed during Beethoven's "Middle Period" at the time he was working on his famous 5th Symphony. The Calder Quartet also will perform three of Beethoven's earliest quartets.
The quartet, whose name was inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, also will perform new works commissioned from composers Andrew McIntosh and Ted Hearn and a contemporary work by Christopher Cerrone.
Winners of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is "widely known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers," event organizer said.
The Los Angeles Times has written that "Calder takes its place as one of America’s most satisfying — and most enterprising — quartets.”
Founded in 1998 at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, the Calder Quartet is composed of Benjamin Jacobson (violin), Andrew Bulbrook (violin), Jonathan Moerschel (Viola) and Eric Byers (cello).
The New Yorker wrote that the Calder Quartet’s performances "glow with Old World elegance, and with the constant sense of structure that the great European groups maintained; the precise intonation that modernist composers demand is delivered with sleek expressive intensity and euphonious tonal blend.”
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