Parkersburg, W.Va. 10/17/12 – Classical group the Daedalus Quartet will perform at West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Thursday, Oct. 25 as part of its Distinguished Performance Series. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center.
The program will include masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, paired with two American works. “White Water” by Joan Tower was premiered by the Daedalus Quartet in April. Samuel Barber’s emotional “Adagio for Strings” will close the program. This American masterpiece was broadcast during the announcement of John F. Kenney’s assassination, was featured in the film “Platoon,” and was performed in memory of the victims of Sept. 11.
Since its founding, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues, including, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress and Boston’s Gardner Museum. Abroad, the ensemble has performed in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. The group has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. Among the works the ensemble has premiered is David Horne’s “Flight from the Labyrinth,” commissioned for the Quartet by the Caramoor Festival; Fred Lerdahl’s “Third String Quartet,” commissioned by Chamber Music America; and Lawrence Dillion’s “String Quartet No. 4,” commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
To date the Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and Lincoln Center, which appointed the Daedalus Quartet as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for 2005-07. The Daedalus Quartet has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005, and has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010. Praised by “The New Yorker” as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. “The New York Times” applauded the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux.
Tickets for Distinguished Performance Series shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students. WVU Parkersburg students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves and one guest for $2 each in the college business office. All tickets at the door will be regular price.
This tour engagement of the Daedalus Quartet is funded through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with financial support from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with approval from the West Virginia Comission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.