The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents the Juilliard String Quartet on Friday, August 24 at 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum. The all-Beethoven program features the String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131, and the Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.
The Grammy-winning quartet is kicking off its 2012/13 season at the Festival, which will take them throughout the US and abroad, including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, and Taiwan's National Concert Hall.
With more than 100 releases to its credit, the JSQ is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. In 2011, the Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The JSQ and its new first violinist Joseph Lin are the subject of the documentary "Keeping Beethoven Contemporary" by Michael Blackwood Productions. http://youtu.be/c0bEx5Ce2UU
The quartet was in Cooperstown to perform at the Festival's finale in 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene hit the area, and the concert had to be cancelled at the last moment.
"We're delighted that the Juilliard String Quartet offered to return to the Festival and perform in Cooperstown," says Linda Chesis, the Festival's executive director.
The members of the Juilliard String Quartet are: violinists Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes, and cellist Joel Krosnick. During the course of its history, the JSQ has performed some 500 works, including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers.
The Farmers' Museum, one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, is located at 5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY. Festival concerts are held in the museum's Louis C. Jones Center, a renovated stone barn known for its excellent acoustics.
Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $15 for students (6-18). Tickets can be ordered online, www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, or by calling the box office service Brown Paper Tickets, 800/838-3006. Tickets will be sold at the door, as available.
To find out more about the season, go to www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, call the Festival at 877/666-7421, or emailinfo@CooperstownMusicFest.org.