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  • Four musicians posed in an idyllic mountain pasture hold their stringed instruments.
  • A man holding an accordion-like instrument leans against a café window and looks at the street scene outside.

Takács Quartet
with Julien Labro, bandoneónist

7:30 pm Thursday, April 20, 2023

Now in its forty-eighth season, the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet earns widespread acclaim as one of the world’s best chamber ensembles. The quartet members — violinists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Adrás Fejér — are the Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado in Boulder. They’re also on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and are visiting fellows at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

French-born Julien Labro, the foremost bandoneón and accordion player of his generation, holds advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition. Called “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist, and cunning arranger,” Labro’s virtuosity and creativity have won him fans around the globe.

Scheduled program:

  • Circles by Bryce Dessner (performed by quartet and Labro)
  • Meditation #1 by Julien Labro (quartet and Labro)
  • Minguito by Dino Saluzzi (Labro)
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake) by Johann Sebastian Bach (Labro)
  • Astoración by Julien Labro (Labro)
  • String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel (quartet)
  • Clash by Clarice Assad (quartet and Labro)

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State co-commissioned the Dessner and Assad works through its membership in the national consortium Music Accord.

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Adult $46
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $24

Elinor C. Lewis 
Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand

support provided by
Nina C. Brown Endowment
Dotty and Paul Rigby Classical Music Endowment

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

Thank you to Penn State School of Music for hosting this presentation.