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March 21, 2013

String quartet explores unfinished works with 'Fragments: Connecting Past and Present'

Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Brentano String Quartet will perform at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on April 11.

The performance includes a pre-show discussion with a member of the Brentano String Quartet. 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 202, on campus.

We may never truly know why Bach, Mozart, or Schubert abandoned certain compositions-in-progress, never to return to them. Are these works revealing portraits of the artist poised in mid-thought? Are they time capsules from the past? Were they ahead of their time, out of context in their surroundings?

As the Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin on violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Marie Lee, cello) celebrates its 20th year, these are the questions posed in "Fragments: Connecting Past and Present." Specifically inspired by Schubert's highly regarded, but unfinished, quartet "Quartettsatz," the quartet commissioned six composers (Charles Wuorinen, Bruce Adolphe, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, Stephen Hartke, and Vijay Iyer) to respond to - rather than "finish" - six unfinished works by the aforementioned masters, along with greats Haydn, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

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