November 9, 2017

Following the October release of the best-selling album Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945 – which broke the top 10 on Billboard’s traditional classical chart – the Cleveland Quartet Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning Dover Quartet stops in New York City on November 18 for a Peoples’ Symphony concert, featuring World War II-era music from the album and Romantic quartets by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Other fall/winter highlights include a debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in December, and the group’s mainstage Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam Concertgebouw debuts in January.

Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, released on the Cedille label, comprises string quartets by three composers written during the last three years of World War II: Shostakovich’s Second Quartet, and the Third Quartets of Szymon Laks and Viktor Ullmann, respectively. Both Laks and Ullmann were imprisoned in concentration camps, and while Laks was one of the few to survive the Holocaust, Ullmann was among the millions who perished. The album has already been met with a host of critical accolades, including a laudatory review in the Wall Street Journal that judged it to be “undoubtedly one of the most compelling discs released this year.” Music journalist Remy Franck, founder of Luxembourg’s Pizzicato, declared “I can’t remember any other quartet playing this music the way the ‘Dovers’ do.” A critical favorite since sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013, the group has been praised by the Washington Post for its “impeccable refinement,” and the Buffalo News found a performance of Beethoven in the University of Buffalo’s famous “Slee” cycle concerts last spring to have “illuminated and inspired at the same time,” resulting in a “perfect sonic tapestry.”

The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series – hailed by the New York Times as “Top Music for Bottom Dollar” – has, since being founded by conductor Franz Arens in 1900, presented the world’s foremost concert artists and ensembles at the lowest admission prices of any major series in the country. Performing at the historic Washington Irving High School in Manhattan, the Dovers will play the Laks and Ullmann quartets from Voices of Defiance, as well as Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet and Schumann’s String Quartet in F. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 586-4680, or online at www.pscny.org.

The Ullmann quartet will also be on the program when the Dovers make their debut with a pair of concerts at the Library of Congress in December, in a performance that also includes quartets by Schoenberg and his contemporary and fellow émigré to the United States Alexander Zemlinsky. In January, following an auspicious debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall last season, the quartet makes its first appearance in the venue’s Stern Auditorium, joining violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Chausson’s haunting Concerto in D for violin, piano, and string quartet. Finally, the group makes its debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with a program of Haydn, Zemlinsky, and Mozart. The Dover Quartet’s all-Mozart recording debut, Tribute, released just over a year ago, scored five-star reviews from Audiophile Audition and Fanfare’s Jerry Dubins, who heralded it as “music-making not of the highest order but of the next order.”

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Dover Quartet: 2017-18 engagements

Nov 12

St. Paul, MN

Schubert Club – Music in the Park

Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Danielpour: Four Miniatures for String Quartet

Bartok: Quartet No. 1

Rogerson: Thirty Thousand Days

Alan Shulman: Rendezvous

Duke Ellington: Arrangements for clarinet and string quartet by David Shifrin

(With David Shifrin, clarinet)

Nov 14-16: Residency

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music

Nov 18

New York, NY

Peoples’ Symphony Concerts

Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81

Szymon Laks: String Quartet No. 3

Viktor Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3

Schumann: String Quartet in F, Op. 41, No. 2

Nov 19

Rye, NY

Westchester Chamber Music Society

Szymon Laks: String Quartet No. 3

Viktor Ullman: Quartet No. 3

Schumann: Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 2

Dec 12

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Kleinhans Music Hall

Richard Danielpour: Four Miniatures for String Quartet

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11

Bartók: String Quartet No. 1

Dec 18 & 19

Washington, DC

Library of Congress

Victor Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2

Jan 14

Nyon, Switzerland

Grande Salle de la Colombière

Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Jan 15

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva Conservatory

Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15 

Jan 16

Cologne, Germany

Kölner Philharmonie

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

Jan 17

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Concertgebouw (debut)

Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15

Jan 21

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium (debut)

Chausson: Concerto in D for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 (with Janine Jansen, violin; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano)

Jan 24–26: Residency

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music:

   Jan 26: Winter Chamber Music Festival, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Jan 27

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Chamber Music Hamilton, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion

Viktor Ullman: Quartet No. 3

Schumann: Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 2

Zemlinksy: Quartet No. 2

Feb 1

Beaver Creek, CO

Vilar Performing Arts Center

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major

Feb 3

Beverly Hills, MI

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Duke Ellington: Arrangements for clarinet and string quartet by David Schiff (with David Shifrin, clarinet)

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (with David Shifrin, clarinet)

Feb 9

Ames, IA
Ames Town & Gown

Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

Feb 11

Wooster, OH

Wooster Chamber Music Series

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor Op. 80

Feb 13

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Chamber Music Society

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2

Feb 21–23: Residency

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music

Feb 24

Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Bartok: Quartet No. 1

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, op. 80

Feb 25

Utica, NY

Chamber Music Society of Utica

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Schoenberg: Quartet in D major

Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 2

March 1

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

Winter Festival – Desert Botanical Garden

Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 10

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

With Zora Quartet: Ida Kavafian, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Peter Lloyd, double bass

March 2

Paradise Valley, AZ

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

Winter Festival – Camelback Bible Church

Barber: “Dover Beach”

Barber: Quartet No. 1

Dvorak: Sextet

With Dominic Armstrong, tenor; David Shifrin, clarinet; Ida Kavafian, violin; Peter Wiley, cello

March 3

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

Winter Festival

New Work by Nokuthula Ngwenyama

March 4

Tucson, AZ

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music

Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2

March 15

Washington, DC

KC Jukebox series

Derek Bermel: Harmonica (first movement)

Derek Bermel: A Short History of the Universe (third movement; with Derek Bermel, clarinet)

Missy Mazzoli: Set That on Fire (Joel Link, violin solo)

Ted Hearne: Snowball (Bryan Lee, violin solo)

March 18

Fernandina, FL

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D Major

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

March 20

Miami FL

Friends of Chamber Music Miami with Alexander Fiterstein

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

March 25

Oklahoma City, OK

Chamber Music in Oklahoma

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2

April 1

Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University, Green Music Center

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 2, No. 5

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

April 6

Kansas City, MO

Friends of Chamber Music

Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

April 7

Fernandina Beach, FL

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Couperin: Suite for Quartet and Cello

Schoenberg: Quartet in D major

Zemlinksy: Quartet No. 2

April 9–11: Residency

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music

April 10: Galvin Hall recital

April 29 & 30

Calgary, AB, Canada

Calgary Pro Musica

Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20 (with Pacifica Quartet)

May 1

Kelowna, BC, Canada

Chamber Music Kelowna, Mary Irwin Theatre

With Pacifica Quartet

Schoenberg: Quartet in D major (Dover)

Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3 in F major, op. 73 (PQ)

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, op. 20

May 14

Norfolk, VA

Robin Hixon Theater, Clay & Jay Barr Education Center

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

May 15

Portsmouth, VA

St. John’s Episcopal Church

May 19 & 20

La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Music Society

Schubert: String Quintet in C (with Carter Brey, cello)

May 21–24: Residency

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Bienen School of Music

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