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Performances by Bergonzi quartet to conclude Slee/Beethoven cycle

Bergonzi String Quartet

The Bergonzi String Quartet is no stranger to the Beethoven quartets, as it performed the whole quartet cycle—six concerts—three consecutive years at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.

By PHIL REHARD

Published March 28, 2013

The “electrifying” and “masterful” Bergonzi String Quartet will perform the final two concerts of the 2012-13 Slee/Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Baird Recital Hall, 250 Baird Hall, and at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall. Both halls are on the North Campus.

The Bergonzi String Quartet is no stranger to the Beethoven quartets, having performed the whole cycle—six concerts—three consecutive years at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.

When the quartet last visited Buffalo, Herman Trotter, critic emeritus for The Buffalo News, wrote that the Bergonzi gave a “pulsing, throbbing, exciting performance.”

 In addition to the pair of concerts, the quartet will take part in a master class, free and open to the public, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 6 in Baird Recital Hall.

The program for the April 4 concert features “Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5” and “Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130.” The following night, the quartet will perform “Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4”; “Quartet in F Major, Op. 135”; and “Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2.”

Advanced tickets for each concert are $12 for adults, $9 for faculty/staff/alumni and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $20, $15 and $8.  Tickets may be obtained by calling the Slee Hall box office at 645-2921, in person or by calling the Center for the Arts box office at 645-2787, or online at tickets.com.

The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the famous violin maker, Carlo Bergonzi, has been quartet-in-residence since 1992 at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where all four members—Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin, violins; Pamela McConnell, viola; and Ross Harbaugh, cello—are faculty members.

In addition to the works of Beethoven, the quartet has developed a repertoire that includes many Latin works and a large number of original arrangements created by quartet members, including Schubert's "Erlkonig," "Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals for String Quartet and 12 Instruments" and Neil Hefti's "What is this thing called Love?"

Touring the U.S. annually, the Bergonzi performs in Miami, Boston, New York City, Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Colorado, and has been invited to perform in Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

During the summer, it is in residence at the Pine Mountain Music Festival and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory.