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Emerson String Quartet
Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
David Finckel, cello
October 6, 2012 at 8pm

"an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness."- The Boston Globe

The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades of superior artistry. Its more than 30 acclaimed recordings have received nine Grammy® Awards including two for Best Classical Album. The Emerson performs with the same benchmark intensity, integrity, energy and commitment that helped earn its unsurpassed reputation.

Haydn: String Quartet Op.20/4
Bartók: String Quartet #3
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59/1

Brahms & Dvořák Piano Trios
David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer
November 2, 2012
at 8pm

Individually, cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer are acclaimed artists. Husband and wife, Finckel and Wu Han head the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, while Setzer and Finckel have enjoyed an artistic partnership for more than 30 years as part of the Emerson String Quartet. As a trio, these artists make an extraordinary ensemble committed to exploring the ravishing repertoire of the piano trio literature.

Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
Dvořák: Trio in E minor, Op. 90 "Dumky"
Dvořák: Trio in F minor, Op. 65

  Tákacs Quartet
January 18, 2013
at 8pm

"simply breathtaking" – The Guardian (London)

Widely recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, as four distinct musical personalities combine to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. London's Guardian newspaper sums it up this way: "Every time, one is blown away by the rightness and freshness of everything they do."

Schubert: String Quartet #13 in A minor, Op. 29 "Rosamunde" D.804
Britten: String Quartet #3
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76/4

  Szymanowski String Quartet
With special guest Adam Golka, piano
Andrej Bielow, violin
Grzegorz Kotow, violin
Vladimir Mykitka, viola
Marcin Sieniawski, cello
February 6, 2013 at 8pm

"impeccable" - The Times (London)

The Szymanowski Quartet, which made its Center debut to great acclaim in 2010, has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. Their sophisticated programs present a perfect balance between intellect and passion, characteristics with which the Szymanowski Quartet captivates its audiences at prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and South America. For its return to the Concert Series, the Quartet is joined by acclaimed pianist Adam Golka.

Waclaw of Szamotuly: Three Polish Chorales (1520–1560)
Szymanowski: String Quartet, Op. 56/2
Bacewicz: Piano Quintet #1
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

  Elias Quartet
Center Debut
With special guest, Jonathan Biss, piano
March 27, 2013 at 8pm

"…pure magic" - The Sunday Telegraph (London)

With acclaimed performances in Europe's leading music capitals, the Elias String Quartet is known as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of its generation. For its Center debut, the rising young quartet is joined by pianist Jonathan Biss, hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as "a young virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order.".

Mozart: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K.493
Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
Purcell: Selected Fantasias for String Quartet
Schumann: Piano Quartet Op. 47

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