Litton Quartet Joined by Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted on 3/28/2012 5:09:54 PM

The Litton Quartet, IUP’s resident string quartet, will present a concert on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall. The ensemble will present a performance of two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental string quartet compositions in a uniquely entertaining and informative format.

IUP Department of Music voice professor Joseph Baunoch will appear as the composer. In a script drawn from letters and historical events, he will discuss each composition and “compose it” as the quartet plays.

The quartet’s first violinist, Stanley Chepaitis, explains; “We wanted to find a way to draw our audience into the music, giving them the tools to better appreciate the true depth and beauty of these great works. We also wanted to portray a composer who had a wicked sense of humor and was involved in the concerns of everyday life, even as he was composing music that was universal and timeless.

"For us as string players, these quartets are a part of our lives and need no explanation. For the audience at large, we have tried to find a way to let them in on our love for the music, and let them have some fun with it.”

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door starting at 6:15 p.m.

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