Calidore String Quartet | Pick-Staiger Hall, Northwestern University Campus | Classical | Chicago Reader

Calidore String Quartet Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017

Since forming in 2010, when the members were still students at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the young Calidore String Quartet has rapidly established itself as elite. It was awarded the prestigious M-Prize last year during the University of Michigan’s premiere chamber-music competition, and served as ensemble in residence at Stony Brook University during the last school year, giving them the mentorship of the veteran Emerson String Quartet, which helped the young group adjust to its role as an advocate for young students. Calidore appears this weekend as part of Northwestern University’s 21st annual Winter Chamber Music Festival, performing a pair of venerable classics: Mozart’s String Quartet no. 15 in D Minor and Schumann’s String Quartet no. 3 in A Major. But I’m most excited by the presence of “First Essay,” a new piece inspired by novelist Marilynne Robinson and composed for the ensemble by recent Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. This is the work’s local premiere.

Peter Margasak

Price: $30, $10 students

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