17/18 Chamber Arts Series: Jerusalem Quartet

17/18 Chamber Arts Series: Jerusalem Quartet

Saturday, March 24 | 8 pm
$20 Ages 30 & Under
$10 Duke Students

Reserved Seating

Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).


For two decades, the Jerusalem Quartet garnered endless accolades for definitive interpretations of landmark quartets for the label Harmonia Mundi. In 2015, the Jerusalem paused to celebrate its twentieth anniversary as one of the world’s greatest and most prolific string quartets by revisiting Beethoven. Digging deep into the composer’s work for the first time in decades, the Jerusalem issued an album of his string quartets, which The New York Times extolled for its “gracious charm,” and launched a tour that included a weeklong marathon at Lincoln Center.

The Jerusalem returns to Beethoven during its third visit to Duke since 2012, delivering the composer’s dense, restless Quartet No. 11 in F Minor. They follow it with the only quartet ever written by Claude Debussy. The French composer’s whirlwind work in G Minor is an impressionistic delight, full of scintillating motion. The program draws to an end with the second quartet of twentieth-century master Shostakovich. Written as World War II neared its end, it is dark and powerful, with elements borrowed from the world of Jewish music perfectly capturing the composer’s own turmoil.


Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, op. 95 (“Serioso”)
Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, op. 10
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, op. 68