Takács Quartet

The Asheville Chamber Music Series (ACMS) will present the lauded Takács Quartet with star pianist Garrick Ohlsson, in concert on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. The concert offers the first opportunity to see Garrick Ohlsson perform during Asheville Amadeus Week and will be held at the Diana Wortham Theatre at 18 Biltmore Ave.

Taking the stage first, the Takács Quartet, now entering its forty-fourth season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and the Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér (cello) perform eighty concerts a year worldwide.

The concert opens with Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 1. Universally hailed as his masterpieces, Haydn’s Opus 76 were written at a time when he was financially independent and free to write as he wished. Haydn poured himself into the quartets resulting in works with added weight and character. The second piece, the hauntingly beautiful String Quartet, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn, explores the deep melancholy Mendelssohn experienced during the last few months of his life.

The program concludes with Garrick Ohlsson joining the Takács Quartet in the rarely performed Piano Quintet by Amy Beach. Beach overcame society’s constraints to become America’s first successful woman composer. Dating from 1908 her Piano Quintet was a milestone in American Chamber literature and was a vanguard of such works worldwide.

For well over half a century the ACMS has taken its place as a valued cultural resource in Asheville, bringing world-renowned chamber artists to the city. As one of the nation’s oldest continuous performing chamber music organizations, it has been recognized for its outstanding programs and for its unique education component through a collaboration with the strings program of the Asheville Buncombe Schools and other cultural partners in the community, including the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $42 general admission. Youth are $5. To purchase tickets or for more information please visit the ACMS website: www.AshevilleChamberMusic.org or call 828-575-7427 or email support@AshevilleChamberMusic.org

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