Sunday, October 1, 2017 2 PM - 4 PM
Cost: Member $20, non-member $25, student/military $15, 12 and under free
Category: Concert / Live Music
Contact: Sarah Bowser 701.777.4195
Contact Dept: North Dakota Museum Of Art
North Dakota Museum of Art
261 Centennial Dr.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
Simon Laks: Quartet No. 3
Viktor Ullmann: Quartet No. 3
Schumann: Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
This program Joy, Escape, Outlet, Gift explores the most important
functions of music: its ability to transport us, its offer of pure enjoyment, and its capacity to say what words by themselves cannot. Mendelssohn’s music is simply why we love music: the sheer delight we discover in its beauty and emotional richness. Conversely, Simon Laks and Viktor Ullmann were both victims of concentration camps. Laks wrote his third quartet after the liberation of the concentration camps (he spent most of his time in Auschwitz). This music, based on his native Polish themes, transported him to the past and created vivid memories of life before the war. Ullmann wrote his Quartet No. 3 while imprisoned in Terezin, and used music as an escape from his reality. The incredible ending of the quartet is one of triumph and hope. He wrote music which transported him to another world. Finally, one of the most wonderful examples of music’s ability to speak to us more deeply than words, Schumann’s Quartet No. 2—part of a birthday gift to his beloved wife Clara,—is a declaration of love and the deepest intimate feelings, which are so much more descriptive through the music. This program allows us to examine the crucial importance of music in every aspect of our lives.
The Dover Quartet has been called the “young American string quartet of the moment.” They’ve won nearly every major chamber music competition, and in 2013, they swept every prize in Banff. That international competition win assured their practically meteoric rise to the top of the international music scene. But as Joel points out, playing in a quartet is a balancing act. There’s no conductor. It’s all democratic — meaning the four members make every decision: e.g. balance, tempo, style, timbre — and maybe most importantly — what is the most important thing to be heard in the moment. As the Chicago Tribune put it, “The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good.”
Parking InformationUnless special parking arrangements have been stated above, off-campus guests for this event may use the pay-as-you-go option in the Parking Ramp (corner of 2nd Ave N and Columbia Road), the Visitor Lot (off Centennial Drive), or a Parking Meter. Parking in any other parking lot on-campus requires a parking pass which can be purchased directly through UND Parking and Transportation Services, 3925 Campus Rd Stop 9030 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday).