Brentano Quartet, cellist Kannen play Schubert and new work March 27

March 10, 2008

The Brentano String Quartet, joined for several works by cellist Michael Kannen, performs a quintet by Franz Schubert, madrigals from Italy and a commissioned work inspired by "Don Quixote" in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Schwab Auditorium, University Park.
The program features "Quijotadas," a new Gabriela Lena Frank composition created expressly for Brentano and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State through its membership in the Music Accord national presenter consortium. Kannen joins the quartet to perform two of Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo's late-Renaissance madrigals arranged for quintet and Schubert's Quintet for Strings in C Major, Op. 163 (D. 956).
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $31 for adults, $14 for University Park students and $24 for people 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial (800) ARTS-TIX. Tickets are available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Tickets Downtown, Bryce Jordan Center and HUB-Robeson Center.
The quartet -- violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Maria Lee -- is the resident ensemble at Princeton University. The group has toured throughout North America, Europe, Australia and.
Kannen was a founding member of Brentano who performed as part of the quartet for seven years. He plays regularly with flutist Paula Robison and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper. The cellist is the director of chamber music at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring one or more of the visiting artists, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. 

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