By Janet Serra

Posted: 01/02/2018 10:26:01

The Westport Arts Center continues its tradition of bringing the best of international talent to Fairfield County with a special concert by the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. at the Arts Center.

The Boston Globe wrote of the Quartet, "The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history..." and The Broad Street Review stated, "The Juilliard still plays, magically, like a single four-voiced instrument, and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world."

For this performance, the Juilliard String Quartet will perform a program including Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127, Haydn's String Quartet in G minor, Op.74, No.3 ("Rider"), and Scottish composer James MacMillan's String Quartet No.2, "Why is this night different?" (1998).

The performances of the Juilliard String Quartet continue to inspire audiences around the world exhibiting unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor. Founded in 1946 – and widely known as "the quintessential American string quartet" – the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement with the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works. This provides for a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.

Each performance of the Juilliard Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members' profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

The concert will take place in the context of the visually stunning What Keeps Mankind Alive and The Last Library exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, featuring the works of Ward Shelley and his collaboration partner Douglas Paulson.

The Westport Arts Center encourages advance registration. Tickets for the Juilliard String Quartet concert are $40 for WAC members and $50 for non-members if purchased in advance. All tickets purchased at door are $60/ticket.

Free Companion Tickets are also available for Seniors ages 65+; each ticket purchase of $50 includes a free companion ticket (a two-for-one!).

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org. The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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