January 19, 2018

This Sunday, January 21, the Dover Quartet – “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” (New Yorker) – joins Janine Jansen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet at New York’s Carnegie Hall for Chausson’s haunting yet rarely programmed Concerto in D for violin, piano, and string quartet. Marking the Cleveland Quartet Award- and 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning group’s Stern Auditorium debut, the concert will be filmed and streamed live, free of charge, to audiences around the world at medici.tv, after which the webcast will be available for 90 days for free, on-demand viewing.

Their first appearance on Carnegie’s main stage follows the Dovers’ auspicious debuts at the venue’s Weill Recital Hall last season and at Washington DC’s Library of Congress just last month. Performing on four Stradivari instruments from the library’s own collection, they played Viktor Ullmann’s third quartet, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, alongside works by his teachers Schoenberg and Zemlinsky. As the Washington Classical Review observed, “This program demonstrated the growing mastery of the Dover Quartet over all corners of the string quartet repertory.” The Washington Post explained:

“The quartet, intelligent and distinctive players all, brought poetry on the unfamiliar instruments. Whether one can truly hear the difference in a blind test, the Strads shared a common timbre Monday: a warm rich sound with a hint of otherworldliness, an almost inhuman, nearly electronic quality, like a very old wine, or a voice raised, for a moment, from the grave, in a program that not only repeated the past but illuminated it.”

Ullmann’s quartet may also be heard on Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, the Dovers’ second recording on the Cedille label. Taking listeners on a powerful, often harrowing, journey through three searing works written during World War II, on its release last fall the album broke the top ten on Billboard’s traditional classical chart and was recognized as “undoubtedly one of the most compelling discs released this year” (Wall Street Journal).

About medici.tv

Heralded by the New York Times as “the closest thing to a classical Netflix,” medici.tv brings viewers around the world the leading classical artists, ensembles and orchestras from the greatest performing arts institutions, concert halls, opera houses, festivals and competitions. Since its official launch in May 2008, medici.tv has gained international recognition, bringing together an international community of music and arts lovers from 180 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems (Chromecast, Airplay), medici.tv offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on all mobile devices.

About the Dover Quartet

Having enjoyed a “rise to the top [that] looks practically meteoric” (Strings), the Dover Quartet is fast becoming a major presence on the international scene. Upcoming highlights include its return to Washington’s Kennedy Center for new music by Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, and Derek Bermel in the trailblazing KC Jukebox series. In the third year of a specially created, multi-season faculty residency at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the quartet gives multiple performances throughout the season, including an appearance in the conservatory’s Winter Chamber Music Festival. The Dovers also complete work on a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Bruce Broder, and can be seen championing less traditional fare in their YouTube videos of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and the music from Twin Peaks, reaching hundreds of thousands of new fans to date. As the Chicago Tribune put it, “The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good.”

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Dover Quartet: upcoming engagements

Jan 21 at 2pm

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 Ullmann: Quartet No. 3

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

Zemlinsky: 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

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

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

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

March 2

Paradise Valley, AZ

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

Winter Festival – Camelback Bible Church

Barber: “Dover Beach”

Barber: String Quartet No. 1

Dvořák: Sextet

March 3

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Chamber Music Society

Winter Festival

Nokuthula Ngwenyama: New work

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 Beach, FL

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

March 20

Miami, FL

Friends of Chamber Music Miami

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

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581 (with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet)

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

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Mendelssohn: String 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: String Quartet in D

Zemlinsky: String 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

Schoenberg: String Quartet in D

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

May 5

New York, NY

Peoples’ Symphony Concerts

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

Borodin: Quartet in D

Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K. 516

May 6

New York, NY

Subculture: Gather NYC

May 14

Norfolk, VA

Virginia Arts Festival

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

May 15

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia Arts Festival

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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