Providence College Department of Music Presents: The Manhattan String Quartet

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Providence College Department of Music Presents: The Manhattan String Quartet

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The Manhattan String Quartet, in collaboration with concert pianist Sang Woo Kang, will perform a free chamber concert of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, and Robert Schumann at 7 PM Saturday, March 22. The concert will be held in the Ryan Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island.

This concert is free and open to the public!

About the Manhattan String Quartet: Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a national treasure,” the MANHATTAN STRING QUARTET is celebrating its 44th season. Well known for their performances of 20th-century “classics,” the Manhattan Quartet has established a significant international reputation with regular concert appearances throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. After a series of concerts in Moscow and Leningrad in the fall of 1985, the Quartet became the first American classical ensemble to give a full tour of the Soviet Union under that era’s new cultural agreement. Their first sold-out series of performances in 1986 was followed by an equally successful tour in 1989. In 2005, the Quartet made its first tour of Asia and played to sold-out houses in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. Notable among its many recordings is the complete cycle of 15 Shostakovich string quartets that TIME Magazine called “One of the most important musical events of 1991.”

The group has been Quartet-in-Residence at Colgate University since 1988 and has held similar posts at the Manhattan School of Music, Cornell University, Grinnell College, Western Connecticut State University, the Chamber Music Institute in Racine, Wisconsin, Connecticut’s Music Mountain Festival and Michigan’s Interlochen National Music Camp (for 22 summers). The Quartet’s activities include hosting its own annual KentMusic String Quartet Conference (established in 1989) and annual European conferences focusing on major works in the string quartet repertoire that are hosted in the cities where these pieces were composed.

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