The Euclid Quartet, ensemble in residence at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend, is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16.The concert will take place in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall, 1825 Northside Blvd., and will feature works for string quartet from Maurice Ravel and Ludwig van Beethoven.
The first portion of the program will feature “String Quartet in F Major” by Ravel. Today it is one of the most-often performed works for string quartet, according to IUSB staff. When it was first written however, the response was far from positive. Reflecting the sentiments of many, Gabriel Fauré, to whom the work is dedicated, described the last movement as “stunted, badly balanced, in fact a failure.” Public sympathy eventually rallied around him, IUSB staffers report, and helped this work to take its rightful place in the center of the string quartet repertoire.
In the second half of the program, the Euclid Quartet will present “String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131” by Beethoven. The piece was featured in the plot of the 2012 film “A Late Quartet.”
This quartet was the composer’s favorite of his works. After listening to a performance of this quartet, Schubert remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”
With members originally from the United States, Great Britain, Venezuela, and China, the Euclid Quartet has won many prizes at major competitions around the world. Ara Guzelimian, artistic adviser of Carnegie Hall, praised the group’s “wonderful intensity, insight, and communicative strength.”
Tickets for the Euclid Quartet concert are available in advance to adults for $10 and to senior citizens for $7. Tickets are $2 more at the door and are free to students and children. For tickets and more information, visit arts.iusb.edu or call the box office at 574-520-4203.