String Quartet to Perform in Blue Room

Posted on 3/4/2013 2:28:44 PM

As part of its Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present a leader among the new generation of string ensembles, the Daedalus Quartet. The single performance will be performed on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. Originally scheduled for Gorell Recital Hall, the concert will now be presented in the Blue Room, located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at IUP. The intimacy of the Blue Room will convey a tradition chamber setting for the concert.

In the 11 years of its existence, the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s interpretations of various composers as “insightful and vibrant” possessing an “impressive intensity” and “riveting focus.” The Washington Post in turn has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “silvery beauty” of their Schubert and the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel.

The quartet has also won great praise for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music through commissions and world premieres. They have has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists, including pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera, David Shifrin, and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein.

To date, the ensemble has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions, including Carnegie Hall through its European Concert Hall Organization Rising Stars program; New York’s Lincoln Center; and as Columbia University’s quartet-in-residence since 2005 and at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006.

In addition to numerous awards as a quartet and as individuals, members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.

For their Indiana performance, they will be performing several pieces and will combine with members of IUP’s Litton Quartet, the resident string quartet at IUP, for a sextet by Bach. Members of the Litton Quartet that will join include Stanley Cheaptis, violoin, and Linda Jennings, cello.

Tickets for this March 13 event are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at IUP Tickets. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are $20 regular admission, $16 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students and children.

For more information, call the Lively Arts Office at (724)-357-2787 or the HUB Ticket Office at (724)-357-1313.

Ovations! is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. It is produced through the College of Fine Arts.



Daedalus Quartet

Daedalus Quartet

March 13, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Blue Room, First Floor Sutton Hall

Praised by the New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. And, for their Indiana performance, they will be joined for one piece by members of the Litton Quartet, IUP’s resident string quartet.

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For more information, visit Daedalus_Quartet, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.