String quartet Takacs to return to Vilar in Beaver Creek
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What: Takacs Quartet.
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
Cost: $68 for adults, $10 for students.
More information: http://www.vilarpac.org, 970-845-8497.
The Takacs Quartet, recognized as one of the world’s greatest classical ensembles, makes its return to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Tickets for the show are $68 for adults and $10 for students, and are available now at the by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org.
The evening’s program will feature three pieces of music by Haydn (String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1, Beethoven (String Quartet Op. 135) and Grieg (“Quartet”).
The Takacs Quartet, now entering its 44th season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.”
In 2014, the Takacs became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal. The medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognizes major international artists who have a strong association with the Hall. Recipients so far include Andras Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takacs was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.
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The members of the Takacs Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder. The quartet has helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry.