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Calidore String Quartet

  • December 01, 2018
  • Baldwin Auditorium
  • 1336 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705
  • 8pm
  • $25, $10 Duke Students
  • (919) 660-3356

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The Calidore String Quartet is one of the premier chamber ensembles in a generation of exciting new talent in the genre. Since forming in Los Angeles, the spirited Calidore — a portmanteau made up of the group’s native state and the French word for “golden” — has gathered an impressive list of honors, including a SUNY Stony Brook residency and the University of Michigan’s inaugural M-Prize. This vivacious quartet, known for its attunement to subtle dynamic shifts, was hailed by Gramophone as the “epitome of confidence and finesse, engaged in a series of engrossing, sympathetic, and intense conversations.” For its Durham debut, the Calidore links two revered compositions with a commission from one of the country’s brightest young composers. Prokofiev wrote his String Quartet No. 2 while in exile during World War II in the North Caucasus, where he embraced the region’s ancient folk melodies. It leads elegantly into First Essay: Nimrod, a Calidore commission from Pulitzer-winning North Carolinian Caroline Shaw, an ode to the writing of Marilynne Robinson that reveals the intricate possibilities within a simple tune. The Calidore closes with Schumann’s sensuous and magnetic Quartet in A Major, op.41. PROGRAM Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, op. 92 Caroline Shaw: First Essay: Nimrod Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, op. 41, no. 3

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