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Announcing the Avalon String Quartet

Bartok Cycle 2013-2014

The Avalon Quartet is pleased to be presenting the Bartok String Quartet Cycle in the Chicago area this coming season. The six-concert cycle at Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago will be presented with brief commentary linking the music to art from the museum’s collection; each concert will be followed by an optional gallery walk led by an AIC presenter. Other Bartok Quartet performances can be heard at Northern Illinois University, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford and the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association in Oak Park.

Schedule:


Art Institute of Chicago

Sundays at 2pm

I. Sept 15, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 1 and Mendelssohn Quartet Op 13 in A Minor

II. Oct 20, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 2 and Dvorak Quartet No 14 in Ab Major Op 105

III. Nov 24, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 3 and Schubert Quartet D. 887 in G Major

IV. Jan 12, 2014 Mozart Quartet K 589 in Bb Major and Bartok Quartet No 4

V. Feb 23, 2014 Haydn Quartet Op 20 No 6 and Bartok Quartet No 5

VI. March 30, 2014 Prokofiev Quartet No 2 and Bartok Quartet No 6


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

I. Sept 17, 2013 Beethoven Op 14 No 1, Bartok Quartet No 1 and Mendelssohn Quartet Op 13 in A Minor

II. Dec 3, 2013 Mozart Quartet K 589 in Bb Major, Bartok Quartet No 3 and Schubert Quartet D 887 in G Major

III. Feb 24, 2014 Haydn Quartet Op 20 No 6, Bartok Quartet No 5 and Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford

I. Sept 13, 2013 Beethoven Op 14 No 1, Bartok Quartet No 1 and Mendelssohn Quartet Op 13 in A Minor

II. Nov 22, 2013 Mozart Quartet K 589 in Bb Major, Bartok Quartet No 3 and Schubert Quartet D 887 in G Major

III. Feb 21, 2014 Haydn Quartet Op 20 No 6, Bartok Quartet No 5 and Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major

IV. May 23, 2014 Britten Three Divertimenti (1936), Golijov Tenebrae for String Quartet (2003), Bartok Quartet No 4 and Debussy String Quartet Op 10 in G Minor


The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Oak Park

I. Sept 11, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 1 and Mendelssohn Quartet Op 13 in A Minor

II. Oct 16, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 2 and Dvorak Quartet No 14 in Ab Major Op 105

III. Nov 20, 2013 Bartok Quartet No 3 and Schubert Quartet D 887 in G Major

IV. Jan 8, 2014 Mozart Quartet K 589 in Bb Major and Bartok Quartet No 4

V. Feb 19, 2014 Haydn Quartet Op 20 No 6 and Bartok Quartet No 5

VI. March 26, 2014 Prokofiev Quartet No 2 and Bartok Quartet No 6


Venues:

Art Institute of Chicago- Fullerton Hall

111 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: 312.443.3600

http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/events?EventType=22

Free with admission to museum*Art tour following concert


Northern Illinois University

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building

DeKalb, IL 60115

Tel: 815.753.1551

www.niu.edu/music

*Live Webcasts http://niu.edu/Music/media/webcasts.shtml


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center

415 North Church St

Rockford, IL 61103

Tel: : 815.964.9713

https://www.mendelssohnpac.org/


The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association of Oak Park

178 Forest Ave

Oak Park, IL 60301

Tel: 708.386.2729

http://www.19thcenturyclub.com/index.php?pr=club-programs



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Contents:
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Stephen Gryc, composer
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