St. Lawrence String Quartet to open third season of Beethoven cycle Oct. 9

September 20, 2013

UNIVERSITY PAR, Pa. — The St. Lawrence String Quartet, among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, returns to Schwab Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, to open the final season of a three-year Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State program featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s complete string quartets.

The concert program, part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project, includes the quartets in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4; C Major, Op. 59, No. 3; and A minor, Op. 132.

Tickets 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 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 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The St. Lawrence musicians “are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection,” wrote a New Yorker reviewer.

The ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University features violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violist Lesley Robertson and cellist Christopher Costanza.

Go to to read Costanza’s Classical Music Project blog post about how the quartet finds inspiration to take Beethoven’s music in new directions.

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

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

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Free related event

The public is invited to a free Center for the Performing Arts Classical Coffeehouse, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall on the University Park campus.

Attendees can experience classical chamber music, performed by master musicians, in a relaxed setting. The event includes time for discussion and the opportunity to ask questions. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served, and each attendee receives a Classical Coffeehouse mug.

Classical Coffeehouse is presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association. The Penn State Council of LionHearts also provides support.

  • Members of St. Lawrence String Quartet

    The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Schwab Auditorium.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated September 20, 2013