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The Ariel Quartet Embarks on Grand Tour of Beethoven's String Quartets with Series-Opening Concert on Jan. 23


Regarded as the greatest achievement in the history of Western chamber music, CCM's acclaimed string quartet-in-residence will perform all 17 of Beethoven's quartets during a series of six concerts in January, February and March of 2014 at the University of Cincinnati.

Date: 1/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Curt Whitacre
Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: Saverio Truglia

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From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet.
From left to right: Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning, Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov are the Ariel Quartet.

UPDATED JAN. 30, 2014: The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) proudly presents the opening concerts of the Ariel Quartet’s first complete Beethoven Cycle on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 25, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Through the course of this six-part concert series – otherwise known as “The Cycle” – CCM’s acclaimed string quartet-in-residence will perform all 17 of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets. Taken as a whole, these works are widely regarded as the greatest achievement in the history of Western chamber music.

The program for the Ariel Quartet’s series-opening concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”); and String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127.

The Saturday, Jan. 25, Thursday, Feb. 20, program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”); and String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135.

The quartet debated about how to present "The Cycle," whether to play it in chronological order or to break it apart and program works from different periods into each concert, members explain.

Beethoven’s life and works are frequently divided into three general periods: a formative period lasting until around 1802, a middle period lasting until around 1812 and a transcendent third or late period lasting until 1827. For their first complete cycle, the members of the Ariel Quartet decided to present one composition from each period during each concert. Every concert in “The Cycle” will open with one of Beethoven’s Opus 18 quartets, the first set of string quartets he composed during his early period.

An Ariel statement explains, “Most concerts will present three works in chronological order, offering audiences a rare opportunity to listen to all three periods back to back. We feel this will allow each concert to showcase the development of Beethoven as a composer, enabling our audience to experience this music to its fullest.”

“It’s not often that we have the opportunity to experience the complete oeuvre of a creative individual’s output,” observes Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at CCM, who worked closely with the Ariel Quartet to plan this concert series. “‘The Cycle’ provides just such an opportunity.”

“The Cycle” will be held in UC’s acoustically stunning Corbett Auditorium with performances scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 25, Feb. 20 and 22, as well as March 25, 27 and 29, 2014. Learn more about “The Cycle” by visiting www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=18968.

Subscription packages and single tickets are on sale now. Subscribe to the full concert series for just $90 and save 25 percent off single ticket prices. See below for more information.

About the Ariel Quartet
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Previously the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at CCM in 2012, a remarkable accomplishment for such a young ensemble and a testament to the Quartet’s skill and dedication to its craft.

The Quartet performs widely in Israel, Europe and North America at such venues as the Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Winners of the Fischoff Grand Prize and recent recipients of the Cleveland Quartet Award, the members of the Ariel Quartet first started playing together as youths in Israel and have been performing around the world since.

Learn more about the Ariel Quartet by visiting www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=14923.
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THE ARIEL QUARTET PRESENTS “THE CYCLE”
January 2014 Performance Schedule


8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
    I. Allegro con brio
    II. Adagio affettuoso ed appasionato
    III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
    IV. Allegro


Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”)
    I. Allegro con brio
    II. Allegretto ma non troppo
    III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso—Più Allegro
    IV. Larghetto espressivo—Allegretto agitato—Allegro


Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
    I. Maestoso—Allegro
    II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile—
    Andante con moto
    III. Scherzo: Vivace
    IV. Finale. Allegro


8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20

Beethoven: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
    I. Allegro
    II. Adagio cantabile
    III. Scherzo: Allegro
    IV. Allegro molto, quasi Presto


Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)
    I. Introduzione. Andante con moto—Allegro vivace
    II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
    III. Menuetto: Grazioso—Trio
    IV. Allegro molto


Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
    I. Allegretto
    II. Vivace
    III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
    IV. Grave, ma non troppo tratto—Allegro


Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Subscriptions and Single Tickets
Experience “The Cycle” in its entirety for just $90 per subscription, a savings of 25 percent off single ticket prices. Subscription packages can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183.

Single tickets are $20 for general audiences and $15 for non-UC students. A limited number of UC student rush tickets are FREE beginning one hour prior to each concert. Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Ariel Quartet’s CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Corbett Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg.