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Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin to perform together for Secrest season closer

March 31, 2009

Recognized as one of the world’s leading string quartets, the Takacs Quartet will perform with renowned pianist Marc-AndrĂ© Hamelin April 16 to conclude Wake Forest University’s 2008-2009 Secrest Artists Series.  The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall.

The quartet and Hamelin are making a rare return to the Secrest Series because of the popularity of their past appearances, but the two have never before performed together.  The concert program will include Schumann’s “Piano Quintet,” Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 1” and “String Quartet Op. 77 No. 1” by Haydn.

In conjunction with the concert, a free Secrest Signature pre-performance talk with Scott Klein, associate professor of English at Wake Forest, will be held at 6:40 p.m. in Room 208 adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The Takacs String Quartet formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Today, they perform 90 concerts a year worldwide.  They have won numerous awards including various international string quartet competitions and a Grammy Award. Two of the original ensemble members, violinist Karoly Schranz and cellist Andras Fejer, still perform with the group. The other members include violinist Edward Dusinberre and violist Geraldine Walther.

Marc-AndrĂ© Hamelin, an eight-time Grammy nominee, is known worldwide for his originality and technical skill demonstrated through his performances of classic repertoire.  He has recorded more than 35 CDs and continues to perform all over the world and at numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and other international festivals.

Tickets for the concert are $18; $15 for senior citizens and students; $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Wake Forest University Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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