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  • Four musicians sit casually on a couch with their instruments and smile.

Calidore String Quartet

7:30 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Experience this concert in person, or livestream it for the same price.

Calidore String Quartet was supposed to make its Center for the Performing Arts premiere in April 2020 at Schwab Auditorium, but the pandemic had other plans. Almost two years later, the ensemble will make its in-person Penn State debut at Recital Hall.

Within two years of its creation in 2010, the Calidore 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 F minor, Op. 95, Serioso, 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 concert.

Complimentary parking for this concert will be provided at Nittany Parking Deck.


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Adult $46
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $36


  • Livestream tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. January 26.
  • Exchange in-person tickets for livestream tickets no later than 4 p.m. January 26.
  • Exchange livestream tickets for in-person tickets anytime while in-person tickets are still available.
  • Exchange fee will not be charged.

Foxdale Village
Elinor C. Lewis
Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand
Lam and Lina Hood

support provided by
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment
Nina C. Brown Endowment

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Calidore String Quartet

8:00 pm Thursday, January 27, 2022

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

FREE for University Park and high school students *

Enjoy a mini performance and discussion with the award-winning Calidore String Quartet. A New York Times critic praises the ensemble for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” A Los Angeles Times reviewer describes the quartet as “astonishing” and lauds its balance of “intellect and expression.” 

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided in an outdoor space on the way in to the Alumni Center or as a takeaway following the program. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 

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

Foxdale Village
Elinor C. Lewis
Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand
Lam and Lina Hood

* A $10 donation is suggested for each person who isn’t a Penn State student. 

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