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Emerson String Quartet performs at WFU

August 18, 2006

The renowned Emerson String Quartet, featuring guest pianist Menahem Pressler, will open Wake Forest University’s 2006-2007 Secrest Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Brendle Recital Hall. A Secrest Signature Talk with Jacqui Carrasco, assistant professor of music, will be held prior to the concert at 6:40 p.m. in Room 208, adjacent to the Brendle lobby.

The concert will feature Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563 and Brahms’ A Major Piano Quartet Op. 26.

The quartet, which normally features violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel, will be performing without Dutton, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Six-time Grammy award winners, including two unprecedented honors for “Best Classical Album,” the group is lauded globally as a string quartet that approaches both classical and contemporary repertoire with equal mastery and enthusiasm. Fortune magazine called them “arguably the world’s best group of chamber musicians.”

Over the past 25 years, the ensemble has collaborated with numerous artists, including Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Mstislav Rostropovich and the late Isaac Stern.

German-born Pressler is considered one of the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians. With a career spanning nearly six decades, he began his international career when he was awarded first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in 1946.

Pressler has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris. He is the co-founder of the award-winning Beaux Arts Trio.

Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center after Labor Day. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens and non-WFU students; and $5 for children under 12. Group discounts are available. Season tickets are also available for $90. To order tickets, call (336) 758-5295.

The Secrest Artists Series will include four more concerts:

Oct. 5, Marc Andre Hamelin, renowned French-Canadian pianist, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

Nov. 8, Sao Paulo Orchestra of Brazil, performing Brazilian and Latin music, 7:30 p.m., Wait Chapel.

Feb. 22 - 23, “Nomad: The River,” featuring Chinese artist Yin Mei in a unique blend of Chinese and Western dance, theater and music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

March 29, The Tallis Scholars, a renowned English choral ensemble performing Renaissance sacred music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

For additional information, visit the Secrest Artists Series website at

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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