Artist Series Welcomes the Leipzig Quartet

The New York Times says they present “rich, mellow, unadulterated beauty.” The Washington Post says they reach “sublime heights.” When the Leipzig String Quartet comes to Asbury University’s campus on April 4, students and community members will have a chance to see — and hear — for themselves.

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The Leipzig Quartet will perform at Asbury University on April 4.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 in Hughes Auditorium, featuring Mozart’s “Quartet in D minor,” Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, and Bartok’s Quartet No. 6. The Artist Series is a unique program at Asbury University, offering world-class fine arts performances to the public as well as to the students, faculty, staff and administration, free of charge.

Additionally, the Leipzig String Quartet will offer a master class on technique and interpretation at 3 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium, also free and open to the public. 

Dr. Don Zent, coordinator of keyboard studies and chair of the Artist Series, says the performance is a rare opportunity for Asbury students and community members to hear a world-class string quartet perform live.

“They’re one of the best quartets in the world,” Zent said.

Zent says the repertoire, which he was able to have a hand in selecting, will be almost as exciting as the performance. 

“They had many repertoire options, and this is the program I chose,” he said. “We will hear the clarity of Mozart, the energy of Beethoven and the lyricism and outstanding rhythmic energy of Bartok.”

The performance will be an aesthetic experience, but also a learning experience, Zent says, as many non-music students may have never heard a string quartet.

“If we try to expand our horizons a bit, sometimes we will be pleasantly surprised, and we can, as a result, learn more,” Zent said. “I would consider this to be not only an aesthetic experience but a learning experience, because we can appreciate the beauty of the music as well as the expertise of the performers. And this is a rare opportunity — how often do we have a group from Leipzig, Germany, perform here in this area?”

--by Joel Sams '15

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