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Takács Quartet

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The peerless Takács Quartet welcomes its newest member, second violinist Harumi Rhodes—the players' distinguished colleague at the University of Colorado—following the May 2018 retirement of founding member Károly Schranz after a career spanning more than 40 years. "We are thrilled that Harumi has accepted our invitation," members of the group said. "She is a wonderfully versatile violinist and chamber musician." 

From the complete cycles of Bartók cycle (2013-14 season) and Beethoven (2016-17), to quintets with pianist Garrick Ohlsson (2017/18), the Takács ensemble seems to raise the bar with each visit, inviting us on their journey through centuries of repertoire and "revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more" (The New York Times). The quartet returns with two diverse programs that showcase this ensemble's vast expressive range and ability to bring us to the edge of our seats in both rapt contemplation and delight.

Sun, Feb 24, 3pm


Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4


Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7, Sz. 40, BB 52


Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27

Grieg's daring, dense Quartet No. 1 is a rarely performed gem, and Bartók's Quartet No. 1 was his first major work to employ folk rhythms and melodies encountered during his excursions to the Hungarian countryside. The fourth of Haydn's imaginative Op. 20 quartets finds the composer at the height of his powers.

Sun, Mar 3, 3pm


Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1


Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114, BB 119


Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

For its second program, the quartet performs Bartók's fiery final quartet, and the last major work Mendelssohn composed before his death, an eloquent eulogy to his beloved sister Fanny. The first of Haydn's Op. 76 quartets is grand in vision, and full of surprises.

Support for these performances provided by The E. Nakamichi Foundation.

Related Events

Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 2pm
Hertz Hall
A pre-concert talk by Prof. Nicholas Mathew, UC Berkeley Dept. of Music. Free to ticket holders. 

Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 2pm
Hertz Hall
A pre-concert talk by Prof. Nicholas Mathew, UC Berkeley Dept. of Music. Free to ticket holders. 

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America. 

Earlier Event: February 24
Sunday Morning Meditation
Later Event: February 25
Mindful Mondays