Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2015-2016

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Photo: Nicholas Phan


Coolidge Auditorium

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The charismatic and trailblazing Borromeo String Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at Boston’s New England Conservatory and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It was the first string quartet to make and distribute its own live recordings, and the first to use laptops regularly in performance. A recent focus in the group’s ongoing, intensive study of composers’ manuscripts is a concentration on the six magisterial quartets of Béla Bartók, including the Fifth Quartet, a landmark Library of Congress Coolidge Foundation commission. Join us for this unique event, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear all six Bartók quartets on the Library’s Strads.


String Quartet no. 1, op. 7, BB 52, Sz.40
String Quartet no. 2, op. 17, BB 75, Sz. 67

String Quartet no. 3, BB 93, Sz. 85
String Quartet no. 4, BB 95, Sz. 91

String Quartet no. 5, BB 110, Sz. 102
Commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation
String Quartet no. 6, BB 119, Sz.114

This performance is SOLD OUT. However, a limited number of RUSH tickets is available, at no cost, 2 hours before each performance. Patrons are strongly encouraged to try for a RUSH ticket at the door. Due to no-shows and returned tickets, some seats are ALWAYS available for sold out performances at curtain. RUSH tickets are offered on a space-available basis. Seats are not guaranteed.

6:00 PM - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)

“Bartók: Paths Not Taken,” Violinist Nicholas Kitchen examines several alternate movements for the string quartets, robustly developed by the composer, but never incorporated in the completed works.