Brentano String Quartet performs Beethoven music Feb. 21 at Schwab

Brentano String Quartet performs the final concert of a three-season Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State program featuring all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. The Brentano concert includes Beethoven’s quartets in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; F minor, Op. 95; and E minor, Op. 59, No. 2.

Brentano musicians also are scheduled to participate in a variety of free, public engagement activities during a three-day residency at Penn State.

Tickets for the Feb. 21 concert are $42 for an adult, $12 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) A grant form the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Brentano’s playing is “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” wrote a critic for The Independent of London. 

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 University since 1999.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Brentano musicians, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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.
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The Nina C. Brown Endowment sponsors the presentation. WPSU is the media sponsor.

Related free events at University Park:

The public is invited to:

• Observe members of Brentano String Quartet leading a master class for two Penn State School of Music graduate string quartets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall. Tim Deighton, professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session.

• Attend a bring-your-own-lunch event at noon Thursday, Feb. 20, with members of the quartet in the Outreach Building Lobby at 100 Innovation Blvd. The 60-minute session, presented in collaboration with coolBLUE Events at Innovation Park, includes discussion and performance of several works.

• Observe the quartet leading a discussion with students in a class focused on the chamber music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in 115 Music Building I. Mark Ferraguto, assistant professor of musicology at Penn State, hosts the 75-minute session. Public attendance is limited to 35.

• Attend a 60-minute performance featuring Brentano at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Esber Recital Hall. The performance is part of the Penn State School of Music Common Hour Recitals.

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Last Updated February 12, 2014