Vermeer Quartet | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Vermeer Quartet


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Clarinetist Larry Combs, one of the Chicago Symphony's finest, teams up with the estimable Vermeer Quartet in an indisputably great showcase for his instrument: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet. Alternately lush and passionate, somber and meditative, the quintet Brahms wrote late in life for a virtuoso friend is German Romanticism at its ripest. Suffice it to say that only a veteran like Combs can dispatch with ease the tough technical passages that mark the piece's mood swings. The other works in this North Park College-sponsored chamber affair are impressive too: Mozart's Quartet no. 19 in C, K. 465, the last in the set dedicated to his mentor, Haydn, is famous for the playful yet disquieting moments of dissonance in the opening movement that supposedly emulate rustic village-band playing. Almost equally renowned is Shostakovich's Quartet no. 8 (1960), one of the Soviet composer's more interesting and harrowing emotional journeys; it's slyly dedicated to the memory of the victims of fascism and World War II. Tonight, 8:15 PM, lecture hall auditorium, North Park College, Foster and Kedzie; 583-2700, ext. 4300.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment