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Takacs Quartet returns to Beaver Creek for performance Saturday

The world-reowned string quartet Takacs returns to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Jan. 10.
Ellen Appel | Special to the Weekly |

If you go ...

What: Takacs Quartet.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $50, with special $10 tickets for students (18 and younger)

More information: Contact VPAC Box Office (970-845-8497/www.vilarpac.org).

BEAVER CREEK — Classical music lovers can experience the world-renowned string ensemble Takacs Quartet on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takacs 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.

The evening’s program has been hand-crafted for the VPAC audience following the quartet’s debut in Beaver Creek in the winter of 2013. It will showcase their musicianship and versatility. Takacs will perform the works of Schubert: “Death and the Maiden” and Beethoven: Opus 59 No. 1.

Tickets to the Takacs Quartet are $50, with special $10 tickets for students (18 and younger) and are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office (970-845-8497/www.vilarpac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village.

The Takacs Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and has made 16 award-winning recordings of works by Beethoven, Bartok, Borodin, Brahms, Chausson, Dvorak, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Smetana. Takacs Quartet members are also Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder.

In 2012, Gramaphone announced that the Takacs Quartet was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. And in May, they 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, Menachem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. Appointed in 2012 as the first-ever Associate Artists at Wigmore, the Takacs Quartet presents six concerts every season.

Takacs Quartet members include Edward Dusinberre (first violin), an English native whose career began as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Juilliard School. Karoly Schranz (second violin) was born in Budapest and his first musical experiences were listening to the Gypsy bands in restaurants. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and went on to study at the Bela Bartok Secondary Music School and later the Franz Liszt Academy. Geraldine Walther (viola) is a Florida native who studied at the Manhattan School of Music and was principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 29 years, having previously served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Miami Philharmonic. Andras Fejer (cello) was born into a musical family. His father was a cellist and conductor, and his mother was a pianist. Since an early age, his parents have held string quartet weekends, which, for the young cellist, were the most memorable of occasions.

This coming season, the Takacs Quartet will perform twice at Lincoln Center and will also perform Philip Roth’s “Everyman” program with Meryl Streep at Princeton. This program was first performed in 2007 at Carnegie Hall with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. In Europe, they perform at the Edinburgh and Bath festivals, the Louvre in Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and in Geneva, Florence, Cremona and Budapest.

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