Chamber Arts Series

Takács Quartet

Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium

Six months after closing the 50th Annual Chamber Arts Series, this Ann Arbor favorite returns to open the 51st. Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. “Every time one is blown away by the rightness and freshness of everything they do.” (The Guardian)


Beethoven Quartet in c minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Janáček Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”)
Smetana Quartet No. 1 in e minor (“From My Life”)

Video Program Notes
Program Book [PDF]

New this season! UMS “Tune in” - a series of brief pre-show talks by inspired and experienced special guests. Each Tune is just 15 minutes long. A special guest speaker will offer a unique perspective, tidbits of information, and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Our guest for this performances is Penny Fischer, Principal flutist at the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.Tune in begins at 7:30 pm in Rackham East Conference Room (4th floor).

Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.

Also see
Takács Quartet website

The Takács Quartet was founded in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest when the four original members were students. Winners of the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, the Quartet is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado and performs ninety concerts a year worldwide.

The Quartet’s award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005 the Late Beethoven Quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, and a Japanese Record Academy Award.

This concert marks the Takács Quartet’s 17th appearance under UMS auspices since their debut in February 1984. The Quartet last appeared at UMS in April 2012.