On Sunday 24 January the Dante Quartet explore quiet intimacy and wild revelry in three deeply personal quartets by Haydn, Smetana and Sibelius.
Smetana's first quartet, From my Life, depicts his early success and happiness shadowed by a piercing high note marking the onset of his deafness. The virtuosic opening of Haydn's quartet Op.54 no.2 leads to a magical stillness in its closing Adagio. Sibelius' quartet Op. 56 expresses the vastness of the northern landscape and the excitement of its folk music, with three hushed and eloquent chords at the heart of the central movement giving it the title Voces Intimae.
The concert takes place in King's College Hall at 8.30pm and tickets cost £16 (£12 restricted view and £5 student standby on door only). You can buy tickets from the The Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge or from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office (tel: 01223 357851).
Open rehearsal for schools
The Quartet will also play an open rehearsal for children and teachers on 25 January at 11am. The children will have the chance to talk to the Quartet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The critically-acclaimed Dante Quartet is the quartet in residence at King's. They won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music in 2007 and the Chamber Music section of the BBC Music Magazine Awards in April 2009. For more forthcoming concerts by the Quartet see Concerts at King's.