Friday, April 24, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 7:00 pm
In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Duke Performances, for the first time, in collaboration with the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, proudly offers six concerts of the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets. Belcea Quartet will perform the first three concerts in March 2020, and Quatuor Ébène will perform the second three concerts in April 2020. Beethoven Cycle subscriptions and single tickets, including $10 Duke student tickets, are now on sale.
Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
In the notes for its first album (2006), Quatuor Ébène declared that it was “[impatient] to scale some of the peaks of the Beethoven quartets.” Its time for that ascent has arrived: In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday — and of its own twentieth anniversary — the Ébène is embarking on an ambitious project of performing Beethoven on every continent in 2019/20, along with recording a seven-disc box set of the complete quartets for Erato Warner.
With hearts full of passion for tradition, Quatuor Ébène has been captivating audiences with great success, converting listeners into avid fans of the chamber music genre. The performances are so convincing, the stage presence so charismatic, that one cannot escape the spellbinding magic of these masterpieces.
This weekend of concerts completes the Beethoven cycle begun by the Belcea Quartet in March.
BEETHOVEN CYCLE: CONCERT NO. 4-6 WITH QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
Concert No. 4: Friday, April 24, 2020
Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6
Quartet in A Minor, op. 132
Concert No. 5: Saturday, April 25, 2020 (Chamber Arts Series)
Quartet in D Major, op. 18, no. 3
Quartet in F Minor, op. 95 (“Serioso”)
Quartet in E Minor, op. 59 no.2
Concert No. 6: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Quartet in G Major, op. 18, no. 2
Quartet in F Major, op. 135
Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131
“The Ébène played with no-holds-barred fervor.”