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The Miró String Quartet performs Schubert, Beethoven, Dutilleux March 25

“…not only technical refinement in execution but a maturity of interpretation born of serious purpose and striking imagination.”
— Calgary Herald
March 5, 2014


The Yale School of Music presents the Miró String Quartet  in a concert on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The quartet, which last appeared at Yale in 2011, will perform music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Dutilleux.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6, known as “La malinconia” for the slow introduction to the third movement. The composition’s structure and emotional depth are harbingers of Beethoven’s later quartets. 

Next the Miró will play Ainsi la Nuit (“Thus the Night”), written in 1976 by the late French composer Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013). The piece’s seven movements are interconnected by short “parentheses” that remind the listener of material that has already been heard and introduces fragments that will be developed later.

The performance will conclude with Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.” Written in 1824, four years before the composer’s death, the piece is considered Schubert’s testament to death. Characterized by its dramatic shifts from fortissimo to pianissimo and its soaring lyricism, it has become a pillar of the chamber music repertoire.

The Miró String Quartet — Daniel Ching, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola; and Joshua Gindele, cello — was founded in 1995 and performs throughout the world. Currently, the Miró is the Faculty String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin. Of a recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “Throughout the concert, the Miró gave lessons in the art of the string quartet, shaping each of the night’s scores with a blend of refinement and vibrancy that drew the listener deeply inside the sonic arguments.”

This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets start at $25, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About the Miró String Quartet

Now in their 18th year, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. Concert highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets (which they also recorded); collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival; and festival appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Ottawa ChamberFest.

The 2013-2014 season will bring the Miró Quartet back to Alice Tully Hall under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in addition to North American performances in Cincinnati, Houston, Baltimore, and Vancouver to name a few. The Quartet will also premiere a new Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, and subsequently perform the work with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Internationally, the Quartet will perform at the Chamber Music Today Festival in South Korea, as well as a multi-city tour of Japan. Additionally, the Quartet will make their debut at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival. The Miró Quartet regularly collaborates with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, percussionist Colin Currie, and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (whom they recently collaborated with on the quartet’s Schubert Interrupted recording).

In 2005, the Miró Quartet became the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. The Miró Quartet has served as the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music since 2003. Deeply committed to music education, members of the Miró Quartet have given master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the world. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. Additional information about the Quartet may be found at www.miroquartet.com www.miroquartet.com.