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Tokyo String Quartet to Perform at Susquehanna University

Published on April 18, 2011


The Tokyo Quartet will perform at SusquehannaSELINSGROVE—The world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet will perform Mozart, Barber and Beethoven for audiences at Susquehanna University on April 28 at 8 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. The program is presented by the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment at Susquehanna.

The quartet—currently violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violist Kazuhide Isomura and cellist Clive Greensmith—has captivated audiences with a wide array of collaborations and a critically acclaimed catalog of recordings. The group was founded in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music after its original members traveled from the Toho School of Music in Tokyo to further their music education in America. 

The group has released more than 40 landmark recordings, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The quartet's recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, and seven Grammy nominations. The group was also featured on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film “Critical Care.”

The quartet has made television appearances on "Sesame Street," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Great Performances," "CNN This Morning" and a nationally televised broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Deeply committed to educating young string quartets, the members of the quartet have served on the faculty at the Yale School of Music since 1976, helping prepare students for festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. At Susquehanna, the group will conduct an open master class with students the afternoon of the concert.

While the concert is free and open to the public, tickets are required for seating. They can be picked up at the Susquehanna University box office or ordered by calling 570-372-ARTS, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

The Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment annually sponsors critically acclaimed artists in performance at Susquehanna. The fund was established in 1976 by Robert and Patricia Weis in memory of his mother.

"The beauty of this endowment from Mr. Weis is that the artists in this series are always world renowned,” said Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications. “It is a generous honoring of Mrs. Weis and such a great contribution to the community."

Karen M. Jones

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