17/18 Chamber Arts Series: Modigliani Quartet
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).
Named for Amedeo Modigliani, the Italian portraitist and sculptor who came into his own following a mid-life move to France, the rapturous Modigliani Quartet embraces a wide range of repertoire. Since these four close friends formed the quartet in 2003 after studies at the famed Conservatoire de Paris, they have recorded standard repertoire and brought to light works by lesser-known composers. Such versatility has earned high praise, too — according to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Modigliani is “stylish but not faddish, infused with fine shades and ineffable sophistication.”
In Durham, the Modigliani shows off its range with the Schubert Quartettsatz, the spirited first movement of an unfinished quartet, and Brahms’ halting and haunting Quartet in C Minor. Though best known for his operas, Puccini often wrote for string quartets, too; the Modigliani delivers his elegiac if overlooked masterpiece, the heartrending I Crisantemi. The program closes with Mendelssohn’s sixth string quartet, an emotionally turbulent work written shortly after the death of his sister, the revered composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn.
Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 (“Quartettsatz”)
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, op. 80