Emerson String Quartet culminates HFCM’s 50th Anniversary Season with World Premiere[4/28/2011]
BY Alex Wang [ March 01, 2011 at 23:55:20 ]
|HOUSTON—Houston Friends of Chamber Music will complete its 50th Anniversary Season with the Grammy-award winning Emerson String Quartet on Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, 6100 Main Street on the Rice University campus.|
The internationally-acclaimed Emerson String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than 34 years ago. Regarded as the “king” of string quartets in the world, the Emerson —Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker (violins), Lawrence Dutton (viola) and David Finckel (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record.
For the past three plus decades, the Emerson String Quartet has established itself as a Houston favorite. Time Magazine says they are “America’s greatest quartet.” Charles Ward, former Houston Chronicle critic remarked “The Quartet has long been one of the Friends’ favorite groups, and its first-rate performances guarantee that that relationship will continue.” The legendary Emerson String Quartet is already scheduled to return to Houston Friends of Chamber Music for the 2011-2012 season.
For this concert, the Emerson will perform the world premiere of “String Quartet No. 5” , composed specifically for the HFCM 50th anniversary by Rice University Professor of Composition, Pierre Jalbert. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, and most recently, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2007 Stoeger Award, given biennially "in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory." Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Houston Friends of Chamber Music commissioned him to write this work in celebration of the landmark season and to highlight the long standing partnership they have with the Emerson String Quartet.
“The Emerson String Quartet is a Houston audience favorite and has become a staple on the Houston Friends of Chamber Music series,” states Ann Fairbanks, president of the board of Houston Friends of Chamber Music. “You’ll feel you’re in one of the finest concert halls in the world. The acoustics, the intimate atmosphere and the aesthetics of Stude Hall make it the perfect venue to experience the Emerson Quartet again and again.”
To purchase tickets, call 713-348-5400 or visit www.HoustonFriendsofChamberMusic.org
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Houston Friends of Chamber Music began 50 years ago for the purpose of presenting great chamber music by great performers to audiences of all generations. Each year, the Houston Friends of Chamber Music Board has the difficult task of selecting only nine performing groups from a 100 or more internationally recognized performers.
Houston Friends of Chamber Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Photo of Emerson String Quartet
(l to r); David Finckel, cello; Philip Setzer, violin; Eugene Drucker, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola
Photo credit: emersonquartet.com