Faculty of Music
QuartetFest begins today
Annual festival of chamber music now in its 20th year
QuartetFest, the Faculty of Music's annual celebration of chamber music, begins today, running until June 3. One of the highlights this year is a May 31 concert featuring performances of two sextets—one classic and one contemporary—by the Penderecki String Quartet (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, “Mozartean” Op. 18 No. 5 and monumental Op. 130 with the Great Fugue.
Hosted by the PSQ, Laurier’s quartet-in-residence for 20 years, 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 participate, 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 Glière and the magnificent master work, favourite of many, Sextet No. 2 by Johannes Brahms,” said Jerzy Kaplanek, violinist of the PSQ.
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