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The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist's summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY.
Joined on stage by 100th anniversary artistic advisor David Finckel, cello, for Schubert’s Quintet in C Major D. 956, the energetic quartet also pays homage the first Concert Series in 1920 with Kreisler’s Quartet in A Minor.
More information about the Escher Quartet can be found on their website.
Join Trevor Stephenson at 6pm in The Play circle for a free & unticketed pre-concert lecture. At 7pm the pre-concert performance by Music con Brio begins in Shannon Hall.
He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance of 18th-Century Music from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson. With his colleague, Norman Sheppard, he has made and refurbished a series of historical keyboard instruments ranging from Italian Renaissance harpsichords to Victorian pianos. He has released sixteen recordings on the Light & Shadow label and tours throughout the United States as performer and lecturer. Every July since 2000, he has taught Road Scholar courses on Bach at Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts in Carmel Valley CA. Information and tour schedule at trevorstephenson.com.
This performance is part of the David and Kato Perlman Chamber Music Series.
Celebrating 100 Years of Classical Music Excellence
The Wisconsin Union Theater's Concert Series is the longest running classical music series in the Midwest. For the past 99 years, renowned musicians admired throughout the world have graced our stage. The tradition continues with the 100th Anniversary Concert Series. The Wisconsin Union Theater is more than a concert hall - it is an inspiration to students and a proud home for remarkable performances from throughout the world. We remain committed to presenting the very best musical talent without compromise, the great musicians of our time will captivate and delight you with excellent performances.