Hailed as “Superb” by The New York Times, the Calder Quartet continues to expand its unique array of projects by performing traditional quartet repertoire as well as partnering with innovative modern composers, emerging musicians, and performers across genres.

On Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly Arts proudly presents the dynamic CALDER QUARTET in an eclectic afternoon concert that will feature Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”), Jacob Ter Veldhuis’ String Quartet No. 3, (“There Must Be Some Way Out Of Here”), and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 59 (“Razumovsky”).

The Calder Quartet’s BENJAMIN JACOBSON (violin), ANDREW BULBROOK, (violin), JONATHAN MOERSCHEL (viola), and ERIC BYERS (cello) were recently awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in recognition of its exciting programming and collaborations.

The New York Times review elaborated that “the time-honored string quartet format still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise in the hands of (Calder Quartet’s) imaginative, skillful creators.”

Last season saw the group’s Carnegie Hall debut, an engagement at the Washington Performing Arts Society and the 2010 Melbourne Festival with Thomas Adès as pianist, and the world premiere of a new work by composer Andrew Norman for the University of Southern California Presidential Inauguration.

The Calder Quartet spent time this past year touring across North America with party rocker Andrew W.K. and The Airborne Toxic Event.  Their collaborations have been featured on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

The quartet has also performed with pivotal modern composers such as Terry Riley and Christopher Rouse and indie rock bands including Vampire Weekend.

Additional career highlights include performances at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville; New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Green Umbrella Series; and performing in concert with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

In 2008, the Calder Quartet released its first critically-acclaimed album, featuring the music of Thomas Adès, Mozart, and Ravel.

Student and adult tickets are $29 and $36 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.

24-hour on-line ordering is available at www.calpolyarts.org.

10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. (Not applicable to student rates)

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