Shanghai Quartet concert will include Brahms performance with old friend and Vassar professor Todd Crow
For an added treat when the acclaimed Shanghai Quartet performs at Skinner Hall on Saturday, February 23, Vassar professor and pianist Todd Crow will join the string ensemble for Brahms’s powerful Piano Quintet.
“The members are old friends and we have played together many times, including at my summer chamber music festival on Mt. Desert Island in Maine (http://mtdesertfestival.org),” explained Crow, himself a renowned recitalist. “When they found out that they were coming to Vassar, they invited me to play with them.”
Crow described the Brahms Piano Quintet as one of the staples of the chamber music repertoire. Saturday’s program begins at 8:00pm, and will also include Beethoven's early string quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, and Bartók's 4th quartet from 1928, “an iconic 20th-century work that experiments with new ways of expression and form, including new sound effects on the string instruments,” Crow remarked.
Now in its thirtieth year, the Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works (http://www.shanghaiquartet.com/main.php ).
The Shanghai will join the growing list of well-known string quartets who have performed at Skinner Hall in recent years, including the Avalon, Borromeo, Daedalus, Miami, and Miró. “The Shanghai Quartet is one of the busiest and we are happy that we finally were able to get them to Vassar,” said Crow.
For more information online about the Vassar music department’s spring 2013 concert series go to http://info.vassar.edu/news/2012-2013/130209-spring-music.html.