Beethoven Featured for Litton Recital

Posted on 3/8/2016 8:40:37 AM

Litton Quartet 224The Litton Quartet, IUP’s faculty string quartet in residence with the Department of Music, will present a Sound Choices recital Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall located on the second floor of Sutton Hall. 

The Litton will present two timeless examples from the Beethoven Cycle of String Quartets.  One of the works was composed at the beginning of his creative life, while the other was composed at the end of his life. 

Opus 18 no.1 is Beethoven’s first published quartet. Written in 1798, it contains an eerily romantic second movement which Beethoven revealed to a friend was inspired by the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet.

The quartet in A Minor, opus 132, was written in 1825, less than two years before the composer’s death. Its composition was interrupted in the spring of that year due to a nearly fatal bout with illness.

Upon recovery, Beethoven changed his plans for the quartet’s middle portion. He composed, instead, the “Heiliger Dankgesang”—“Holy Song of Thanks.” This strikingly beautiful and original piece is unlike anything else in all of music. It captures perfectly the feelings of one who has gone through tremendous pain and been made well again.  It also brings to completion the conflicts inherent in the other movements of the quartet.  

The Litton Quartet is comprised of Stanley and Swana Chepaitis, violins; Raul Fauré, viola; and Linda Jennings, cello.

Tickets are $11 regular admission, $9 for senior citizens, and $7 for I-Card holders, students. and children. They are available in advance online and on the Lively Arts’ online ticketing site, by calling the Hadley Union Box Office at 724-357-1313, or by stopping in at the HUB. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before the performance. 

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

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