Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Renewals for Duke Performances’ Classical Series subscriptions — including the Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — are now on sale. The renewal deadline for current subscribers is MONDAY, JUNE 3. Renewals can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
New subscriptions will go on sale TUESDAY, JUNE 11 at 11 AM. Single tickets will go on sale TUESDAY, JUNE 18 at 11 AM. New subscriptions and single tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone, and in person.
The Jerusalem Quartet, firmly established as one of the top international chamber ensembles, returns to Duke Performances with a program of masterpieces spanning three centuries. The Jerusalem, which has performed nearly all of the essential quartet repertoire in nearly all of the world’s musical capitals, has recently recorded great but little-known music by Jewish composers of inter-war Central Europe.
Haydn’s “Fifths” Quartet — so called because of its opening violin motif — is a dazzling vehicle for the Jerusalem to display its flash and intriguing charm. The Jerusalem’s recording of Shostakovich quartets earned them declaration by Gramophone as “one of the most technically assured and tonally responsive quartets.” The composer’s Ninth Quartet offers the emotional extremes to verify that praise in live performance. Brahms’ first string quartet, an essay keenly aware of the burden of the form’s splendid past and the artistic demands of its present, brings the evening to a satisfying closure.
Haydn: Quartet in D Minor, op. 76, no. 2 (“Fifths”)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, op. 117
Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1
“The Jerusalem Quartet played it all with equal passion and a tender sense of ownership.”