|Moscow String Quartet to perform at Museum of Art|
The Moscow String Quartet will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the University campus.
Described by Alfred Schnittke as "an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament," the members of the Moscow String Quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our times. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors including Yuri Yankelevich, Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet (with whom the quartet continued to study after graduation.)
The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest. The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France.
Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, repeated appearances at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festival in Prades, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, and the Newport Festival. In North America, the Moscow String Quartet has performed in New York City (Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver and Montreal. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by Madeleine Albright to perform at a White House Christmas Concert. From 1991-96, the quartet was in residence at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, and since 1997 has been in residence at the University of Colorado in Denver.
Upcoming engagements include performances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Casal Festival Puerto Rico, the Ottawa and the Arcady Chamber Music Festivals.
The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya released eight CDs including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Mozart, Denisov, Glinka, Shostakovich and Gubaidulina. Upcoming releases will feature works by Haydn, Borodin, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.
This presentation is underwritten by Bremer Bank and is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program by Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Tickets for the Concert Series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door; member tickets are $13 per concert at the door. Student and Military tickets are $5 per concert at the door. Free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by calling 777-4195.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 701 777-4195