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Calidore String Quartet to perform works by Beethoven and Clyne Jan. 26 at Recital Hall

Calidore String Quartet to perform works by Beethoven and Clyne Jan. 26 at Recital Hall

As part of its long-awaited in-person visit to Penn State, Calidore String Quartet will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven and contemporary composer Anna Clyne at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in School of Music Recital Hall.

The quartet’s concert will feature Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”; and his Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with “Grosse Fuge” Op. 133. The evening will also include “Breathing Statues” by Clyne, inspired by the “Grosse Fuge” and co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State through its membership in the national Music Accord consortium.

Purchase tickets, which are $46 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student, and $36 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets are also available by phone at 814-863-0255 or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

For those who prefer to watch the event from the comfort of their own home, livestream tickets will be available at the same price. Visit livestream for more information. 

Within two years of its creation in 2010, Calidore String Quartet had won grand prizes in most of the major U.S. chamber music competitions. More recently, the ensemble 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,” wrote a Washington Post reviewer. “… The grateful audience left enriched and, I suspect, a little more human than it arrived.”

Watch the quartet perform an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. 

London-born Clyne is a Grammy-nominated “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods,” wrote 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”), Calidore’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.”

Classical Coffeehouse

Calidore String Quartet will perform a mini concert during Classical Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Classical Coffeehouse, which is free for Penn State and high school students (a $10 donation is suggested for each non-student), is a joint presentation of 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. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided in an outdoor space or as a takeaway after the program. Seating is limited.

Foxdale Village; Elinor C. Lewis; Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand; and Lam and Lina Hood sponsor the concert and Classical Coffeehouse. The Nina C. Brown Endowment and the Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment provide additional support to the live concert event.