Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman
Austin, TX 78712
Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm
Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman
SPONSORED BY HERB SCHWETMAN
An exploration of music and literary texts associated with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, led by the leaders of the next generation of string ensembles. Featuring the writings of Leo Tolstoy and music by Beethoven, Janacek, and Tchaikovsky. With special guests Amy Levine-Tsang on cello and actor Babs George.
SINGLE TICKET PRICES (or save up to 25% with a festival package)
Premium: $50 in advance | $55 at door
General Admission: $25 in advance | $30 at door
Student: $12 at door only, must show ID
Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata” | Leos Janacek (1854-1928)
- Adagio – Con moto
- Con moto
- Con moto – Vivo – Andante
- Con moto – Adagio – Più mosso
Quartet No. 2, Op. 5, Allegro | Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Quartet No. 1, Op. 11, Andante Cantabile | Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Violin Sonata No. 9, “Kreutzer Sonata” arr. for cello quintet | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Adagio sostenuto
- Andante con variazioni
Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.
The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists: these include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera, Ricardo Morales, and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein.
To date the Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues and forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The Daedalus Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010.
The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.
Amy Levine-Tsang, cello
Cellist Amy Levine-Tsang enjoys and active career as both chamber musician and teacher. She is a founding member of the Laurel Trio and frequently collaborates with numerous ensembles such as the Brentano Cassatt, Colorado, and Meridian String Quartets, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Richardson Chamber Players, and the Chamber Soloists of Austin. She received degrees from Yale and Rutgers Universities, where she studied with Aldo Parisot and Bernard Greenhouse, respectively. She is a former member of the music faculty at Princeton University, and continues to teach privately since relocating to Austin.
Babs George, actor
Babs George has been a professional actress and a member of Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors Guild for over 30 years. In Austin she has worked with many theatre companies including Zach Scott Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, TexArts, Theatre en Bloc, Penfold, Breaking String Theatre, St. Edwards Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and Texas State University. Ms. George is a long-time company member at Austin Playhouse. Television/Film credits include: Friday Night Lights, ABC’s My Generation, The Lying Game, War of the Worlds for PBS, and Blue Sky, to name a few. She has an M.F.A. in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University. She is the creator and director of The Actor’s School, (previously called The State Theatre School of Acting), and has taught in the theatre departments at Texas State University, St. Edwards, University of Texas, and Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.