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Tokyo String Quartet opens 2010-11 Chamber Music Society season Sep. 28 with Schubert, Webern, and Mozart

September 7, 2010

Guest artist Ettore Causa appears in Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C major

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet in the first concert of the Chamber Music Society season on Tuesday, September 28 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The Tokyo String Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The ensemble’s first performance of 2010-11 will open with Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat major, D. 87 and will continue with two miniature works by Webern: the Langsamer Satz and Six Bagatelles. Guest artist Ettore Causa, professor of viola at the Yale School of Music, will join the quartet for Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C major, K. 515.

The New York Times has praised the Tokyo String Quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.” Ettore Causa, who joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2009, has been widely praised for his unusually beautiful tone. His first recording was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and his second quickly earned wide praise.

Tickets to this first concert of the season are $25-$35, $15 with student ID. Subscriptions, starting at $143, are still available for the series of eight concerts. For the first time, patrons may purchase Pick 3 or Pick 5 ticket packages for a discount of up to 20% over single ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. You can RSVP or share this event on Facebook.

About the Performers

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded forty years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the quartet – Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello) – has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the Tokyo String Quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all corners of the globe. Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets, and it has since released more than 40 landmark recordings. The ensemble now records on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Ettore Causa, viola

Born in Naples, Italy, Ettore Causa began his studies of violin and viola at the Naples Conservatory, where he graduated with the highest honors. He later studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland with Sir Yehudi Menuhin and others, and with Michael Tree at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been first solo viola of the Carl Nielsen Philharmonic (Denmark) and leader of the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists. In 2000, he was awarded the Peter Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He has since made solo, recital, and festival appearances around the world, performing in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Aria Quartet and is regularly invited to play with colleagues such as Pascal Rogé and Thomas Adès. In 2001, Causa was appointed professor of viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy. His first recording, for Claves, was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and a new recording has already been highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudiere in 2003.

For Calendar Editors

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet.
: Schubert: String Quartet in E-flat major, D. 87
: Webern: Langsamer Satz; Six Bagatelles
: Mozart: Viola Quintet in C major, K. 515, with Yale faculty violist
Ettore Causa.
Date/time: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 8 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall
470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven
Tickets: $25–$35 / Students $15
Subscriptions: $143–$180 / Students $72
Pick 3 and Pick 5 ticket packages available for discounts up to 20%
Info: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu