Thursday, May 22, 2008

Long-Lost Art Revisited

The art of improvisation has largely been lost in the world classical music. Is it making a comeback?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Review: Impassioned quartet gives grand performance

Legend has it that while on his deathbed, Franz Schubert asked to hear Beethoven's great C-sharp-minor string quartet.

Though that story may be apocryphal, there's no doubting the transporting quality of Beethoven's music, especially when an ensemble like the Chiara Quartet plays it.

Chiara closed its terrific Organ Vesper Series concert on Sunday with Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. For more go to:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chiara Quartet Likes to Really Mix It Up

Chiara String Quartet concerts often seem set to an iPod's shuffle mode.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guarneri String Quartet


Guarneri Quartet and the Grosse Fuge

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Arnold Steinhardt, Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony
Friday evening, the Guarneri String Quartet, in their 26th year in residence at the University of Maryland, performed an all-Beethoven concert as part of the school’s Scholarship Benefit Series (postponed from Leap Day, due to a player injury). The program included the “Harp” String Quartet No. 10 (op. 74, E-flat major) and String Quartet No. 13 (op. 130, B-flat major), which featured its original finale, the Grosse Fuge. Hearing the venerable ensemble, now in their 44th year and penultimate season, should be a high priority on one’s cultural to-do list. Their final season, 2008-2009, is anticipated to be heavy. For more:

Chiara String Quartet on Organ Vesper Series

Sunday, April 27

3:00 p.m.

Chiara String Quartet

Admission Free

Presented in Collaboration with The Lied Center for the Performing Arts

Concert at Presbyterian Church of the Cross

1517 South 114 Street Omaha Nebraska

"Each young artist marries a nimble technique to eager-to-please intensity and unhackneyed joy."

--The Washington Post

Friday, July 06, 2007

Régine Crespin, French Soprano, Dies at 80

Published: July 6, 2007

Régine Crespin, the operatic French
soprano and later mezzo-soprano, one of the most important vocal
artists to emerge from France in the decades after World War II, died
Wednesday in Paris, where she lived. She was 80.

Régine Crespin, French Soprano, Dies at 80 - New York Times

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Daedalus String Quartet in Omaha

The Daedalus String Quartet will appear on the Organ Vesper Series on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 in a free concert.  For more...


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Classical Music at Risk?

The sounds of a dying tradition are painful, particularly if the
tradition’s value is still so apparent, at least to the mourners, and
still so vibrant to a wide number of sympathizers. For more....

Edward Rothstein - Connections - Music - New York Times

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