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QuartetFest’s 20th anniversary edition showcases rising and established talents
May 23/12| For Immediate Release
Jerzy Kaplanek, Associate Professor of Music
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – The annual QuartetFest concert series, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, takes place from May 22 to June 3, 2012, in Waterloo, Ontario. The series is hosted by the Penderecki String Quartet (PSQ), which has been quartet-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University for the past two decades.
"For the past two decades at QuartetFest we've been performing and teaching ensembles of young artists from across the continent,” said Jerzy Kaplanek, violinist for the PSQ. “We have so many cherished memories of international guests whom we've collaborated with on stage, and it is a wonderful coincidence that we are presenting these celebratory concerts with so many visitors here on campus for Congress 2012."
One of the highlights this year is a May 31 concert featuring performances of two sextets—one classic and one contemporary—by the PSQ and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. Also, the first concert of the series, on May 27, features the PSQ performing quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven, including “Mozartean” Op. 18 No. 5 and monumental Op. 130 with the Great Fugue.
Hosted by the PSQ, QuartetFest is a non-profit, intensive chamber music course that helps young musicians refine their talents through a series of concerts and workshops. This year, Martin Beaver, violin/viola, and Clive Greensmith, cello (both members of the Tokyo String Quartet), will be participating, performing and teaching.
“Our quartet is looking forward with excitement to collaborate with Mr. Beaver and Mr. Greensmith in the superb, colourful Sextet No. 3 by Reinhold Gličre and the magnificent master work Sextet No. 2 by Johannes Brahms,” said Kaplanek.
Concerts will be held at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Laurier’s Waterloo campus and at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society’s Music Room (57 Young Street West, Waterloo).
Tickets for a QuartetFest pass are $40 for students, $50 for seniors and $60 for all others. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 519-886-1673. For more information, please visit: www.quartetfest.ca or www.k-wcms.com.