Duke Performances

Eliot Quartett ‘Four Quartets’ (CANCELLED)

Sunday, February 27, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this performance. The Eliot Quartett performance planned for February 26 is also cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you purchased a ticket for “Four Quartets,” you will be contacted regarding an exchange or refund.

Instead, the Chamber Arts Society of Durham and Duke Performances will present David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) playing a program of Brahms and Beethoven on February 26. More details.

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T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” is considered by many to be the finest poem in the English language.  Published as four separate poems, Eliot always intended to combine them into a single work. Inspired by what Beethoven accomplished in his late quartets, Eliot wished “to do in poetry what Beethoven had done in music.” George Gopen, an Eliot scholar at Duke and the longtime Director of the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, will present a reading of the poem alongside his own music, written to directly echo major moments of musicality in his reading. In the first half of the program, the Eliot Quartett, who named themselves after the poet, will perform a late work of Beethoven. This will be the world premiere of this unique performance of Eliot’s latest and greatest poem.

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