The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, a non-profit, all volunteer organization, continues its 40th Anniversary season presenting the Escher String Quartet.
The New York-based Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its
individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. In June
2013, Rian Evans, for The Guardian described the Escher String Quartet as
"clearly one of the finest quartets of their generation." Robert Battey of The
Washington Post proclaimed Escher as "one of the top young quartets before the
public today...This is a group to watch."
Recently honored as a recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the
Escher String Quartet (featuring Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Aaron Boyd,
violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola and Dane Johansen, cello) performs 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill
Valley, Calif., a venue with superb acoustics for chamber music.
will include Schumann: Quartet, a minor, op. 41 #1; Berg: Quartet, op. 3;
Dvorak Quartet, C, Op. 61
To celebrate the centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth, the Escher String
Quartet curated and performed three concerts at the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center in 2013. "The programs, which place each of Britten’s three
string quartets into context, were designed by the members of the Escher String
Quartet with the same penetrating intelligence and curiosity that informs their
playing," wrote Zachary Woolfe for the New York Times in March, 2013.
This season, the foursome has been recording the complete Zemlinsky
quartets for Naxos.
Championed by members of the Emerson String Quartet, the group were proud
to be BBC New Generation Artists for 2010-2012. Having completed a three-year
residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two”
programme, the ensemble has already performed at prestigious venues and
festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and
Symphony Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor
Festivals, Music @ Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the
City of London Festival and a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and
The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C.
Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay between
individual components working together to form a whole. See more about the
Escher String Quartet at
PROGRAM: Schumann: Schumann Quartet, A minor, Op. 41 No.
1; Berg: Berg Quartet, Op. 3; Dvorak: Dvorak Quartet, C Major, Op.
WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23,
LOCATION: Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist
410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
COST: $15 to $30 per person.
Youth - 18 years and under. $30 General.
Tickets sold at the door when space
available. Reservations recommended.
TICKETS: Order through Brown Paper Tickets at
1-800-838-3006 or purchase at the door.