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Takács Quartet to Perform with Garrick Ohlsson in Shannon Hall

Press release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907

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The Wisconsin Union Theater presents the Takács Quartet with Garrick Ohlsson on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, at 7:30 pm in Shannon Hall. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $43, $39, $25, UW Faculty and Staff are $45, $41, and $25, and the general public are $47, $43, and $25 (Youth up to 18-years-old are $20. Up to two youth tickets with a regular ticket). Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Memorial Union box office or by calling 608-265-ARTS. 

The Program includes:

Mozart Quartet K575
Shostakovich Quartet No. 11
Brahms Piano Quintet

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently praised the ensemble for "revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more" and the Financial Times described their performance with awe: "Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players know no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place." 

Formed in 1975 in Budapest, the Takács Quartet gained worldwide attention after its First Place win at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The super-group has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. 

Now entering its forty-second season, The Takács Quartet is also known for its innovative programming. It performed Philip Roth’s Everyman program with Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2007 at Carnegie Hall, with Meryl Streep at Princeton in 2014 and 2015, and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is the only American to have ever won the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Considered one of the world’s finest pianists, a musician of interpretive and technical prowess, Ohlsson has collaborated with Takács, Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary in 2010, Mr. Ohlsson was featured in a documentary, "The Art of Chopin," co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese television stations. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a Grammy for Vol. 3.

Enjoy a short performance by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Music Makers at 7 pm. 

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee.  This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Media sponsor is WORT 89.9 FM.