Brentano String Quartet to perform works by Beethoven on Feb. 27

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Brentano String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Princeton University, returns to Penn State to perform in the second season of the Center for the Performing Arts three-year presentation of the complete Beethoven string quartets. The concert — featuring the Beethoven quartets in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; E-flat Major, Op. 74, Harp; and F Major, Op. 135 — is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium.

Tickets are $42 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Brentano’s playing is “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raved a critic for The Independent of London. A Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer praised the ensemble’s “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture.”

Violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin and violist Misha Amory founded the quartet in 1992. Cellist Nina Lee joined in 1998. Brentano has been ensemble-in-residence at Princeton since 1999.

The public is invited to a free Salon Evening, featuring the Brentano musicians introducing each of the movements of the harp quartet, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, in The Nittany Lion Inn Board Room. Charles Youmans, associate professor of musicology at Penn State, will moderate and lend insight. A question-and-answer session is included in the 90-minute event.

The public is also welcome to observe a Brentano master class for Penn State School of Music string students at 10 a.m. Feb. 26, in Music Building I Esber Recital Hall. Professor of Music James Lyon leads the two-hour session.

This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.

The Nina C. Brown Endowment sponsors the concert. WPSU is the media sponsor. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Photos of Brentano String Quartet for media use are available to download at http://cpa.psu.edu/internal/presslibrary.html.

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Last Updated February 07, 2013