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Calidore String Quartet

7:30 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Within two years of its creation in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet had won grand prizes in most of the major U.S. chamber music competitions. More recently, the ensemble has garnered the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

The quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think, and feel as one,” writes a Washington Post reviewer. “… The grateful audience left enriched and, I suspect, a little more human than it arrived.”

The quartet’s concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5, and Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Op. 133 Grosse Fuge. The evening will also include Breathing Statues, an Anna Clyne composition inspired by the Grosse Fuge and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in the national Music Accord consortium.

London-born Clyne is a Grammy-nominated “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods,” writes a New York Times reporter. Clyne, who lives in the United States, has collaborated with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians throughout the world.

Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the quartet’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home—Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance, but musicians will engage in a discussion with audience members after the concert.

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Adult $44
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $34

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Pamela M. Aikey

support provided by
Nina C. Brown Endowment


Secondary Events on Each Event

Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Calidore String Quartet
with composer Anna Clyne

8:00 pm Monday, April 6, 2020

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students.
A $10 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

The coffeehouse includes a mini-performance, discussions among artists and audience members, and social time with the musicians and others in attendance.

Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. Seating is limited. Standing room is available when seating is full. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Blue & White Society, the PSU Music Service Club, and the Penn State Coffee Club.

support provided by
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment