Concert Series Closes With Quartet
Celebrating 28 years of presenting great chamber music in Moore County, the Classical Concert Series (CCS) presents the Tokyo String Quartet in the final concert of the 2009-10 series Monday, March 22, at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines.
Only a few seats are still available for sale. For tickets, visit the Arts Council of Moore County offices at Campbell House (482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or call (910) 692-2787. Tickets are $25 per person.
The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded almost 40 years ago. Its members — Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello) — have collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalog of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing more than 100 concerts worldwide each season, the Tokyo Quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world.
Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its formation, the quartet won first prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets, and it has since released more than 40 landmark recordings. The ensemble now records on the Harmonia Mundi label.
The ensemble performs on the “Paganini Quartet,” a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the ensemble from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
The Jefferson Inn is offering a pre-concert dinner in its restaurant, One Fifty West, located at 150 W. New Hampshire Ave., less than a block from the Sunrise Theater. Meals are $35 (inclusive). Reservations for the dinners are required and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at (910) 692-4356.
Only a few seats are still available for sale. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets, visit the Arts Council of Moore County offices at Campbell House (482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or call (910) 692-2787.
Classical Concert Series is presented by the Arts Council of Moore County and is sponsored by Yamaha Artists Services Inc. and The Jefferson Inn of Southern Pines.
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