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Brentano String Quartet Moves to Yale

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By Susan Elliott

The Brentano String Quartet is switching its Ivy League affiliation from Princeton to Yale University, where it is to serve as quartet-in-residence at the School of Music starting in the 2014–15 academic year. It succeeds the Tokyo String Quartet, which is retiring after a 37-year affiliation with the School.

Brentano’s members—Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello—will also serve as artists-in-residence. MORE

Published November 5, 2013
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In conversation with Matthew Polenzani: The Duke in Las Vegas

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Performing Arts Examiner
By Melanie O’Neill

Chicago-born tenor Matthew Polenzani has garnered international recognition in an expanding array of operatic repertory. His refined technique and thoughtful characterizations have made him one of the most sought after tenors in the bel canto, lyrical, and Mozartian arenas. After a successful run of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte earlier this season at the Metropolitan Opera, Polenzani switches gears as he prepares for the Met revival of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Michael Mayer’s adaption of “Rigoletto,” which updates the setting to Las Vegas in the 1960s, premiered in February 2013 to great acclaim and will be remounted at the Metropolitan Opera from Nov. 11 through Dec. 7, 2013. Polenzani provides insight into his experiences singing the Duke and adapting this character to Mayer’s contemporary setting. MORE

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Acclaimed Brentano Quartet plays Sunset Center

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By Barbara Rose Shuler

It’s November and the classical season is under full sail. Carmel Music Society’s Anne Thorpe just forwarded a fun announcement by the agent of the Brentano Quartet.

The quartet, which will be appearing this week at the Sunset Center in Carmel, just got a terrific new position. I’ll let their agent, David Rowe, tell you:

“Of all announcements it has been my pleasure to convey over many years, today’s ranks at the very top of the list: to get right to the point, the Brentano Quartet has been appointed Artists in Residence at Yale University, beginning in July 2014! MORE

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