Daedalus Quartet
August 21, 2017
The Complete Quartets of Beethoven
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

In the 2017-18 season, the Daedalus Quartet will perform all sixteen quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven at various locations at the University of Pennsylvania. This special series of concerts is cosponsored by the Annenberg Center, and will include special events featuring Kelly Writers House, the Theater Arts program at Penn, and the Penn Medical Center.

Sunday, September 10 @ 3 PM
Annenberg Center

Quartet no. 4 in C minor, Op 18 no. 4
Quartet no. 16 in F major, Op. 135
Quartet no. 9 in C major, Op. 59 no. 3

Tuesday, September 12 @ 6 PM
Kelly Writer's House

The Poetry of Beethoven
Quartet no. 1 in F major, Op 18 no 1
Quartet no. 15 in A minor, Op 132
Readings of poetic responses to Beethoven's Opus 132
T.S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Milan Kundera and many other writers found inspiration in Beethoven’s music, particularly his late quartets. In this special collaboration with the Kelly Writers House, the Daedalus Quartet will perform Quartet no. 1 in F major, Opus 18 no 1, which is inspired in part by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Quartet no. 15 in A minor, Opus. 132. Penn poets will complete the performance with their own responses to Opus 132.


Friday, October 13 @ 12 PM
Arthur H Rubenstein Auditorium, Penn Smilow Center for Translational Research
Beethoven and the Hearing Brain
Discussion with Dr. Yale Cohen, Director of the Hearing Sciences Center at Penn
Quartet no. 13 in Bb major, Op 130
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Featuring Dr. Yale Cohen, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Director of the Hearing Sciences Center at Penn Medicine, the performance will be begin with a discussion of Beethoven’s hearing loss and how that affected his brain and creative process. At the end of his life it was remarkable that he was able to be a creator of sound who could no longer hear them himself. Following the discussion, the Daedalus Quartet will perform the late Quartet in Bb major, Opus 130, and Opus 133, ‘The Great Fugue’, the most massive and forward-looking works of the cycle.

Friday, October 20 @ 12 PM
Arthur Ross Gallery

Quartet no. 6 in Bb major, Op. 18 no. 6
Quartet no. 7 in F major, Op. 59 no. 1

Sunday, February 4 @ 3 PM
Annenberg Center
“After this, what’s left to write?”
Staged reading of Opus by Michael Hollinger
Discussion with the playwright and Penn Theatre Arts Program Director, Marcia Ferguson
Quartet no. 14 in C# minor, Op 131
Michael Hollinger’s acclaimed play Opus follows the life of a professional string quartet as they prepare for a performance of Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131. Following a staged reading of Opus, Hollinger, Penn Theatre Arts Program Director Marcia Ferguson and the Daedalus Quartet consider the aesthetic and historical questions raised by the appearance of Beethoven’s works, some of the most uncompromising “absolute” music ever written, at the center of a theatrical work. The event concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Opus 131 in its entirety.

In partnership with Penn’s Wolf Humanities Center.

Sunday, February 11 @ 3 PM
The Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH) 208 Auditorium

Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op. 18 no. 3
Quartet no. 10 in Eb major, Op. 74 "The Harp"
Quartet no. 12 in Eb major, Op. 127

Tuesday, April 3 @ 6 PM
Pennovation Center

Quartet no. 5 in A major, Op. 18 no. 5
Quartet no. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no. 2
Tickets: Free!

Friday, April 13 @ 6 PM
The Orrery Pavilion at the Kislak Center, Van Pelt Library

Quartet no. 2 in G major, Op. 18 no. 2
Quartet no. 11 in F minor, "Serioso," Op. 95
Quartet no. 13 in Bb major, with Beethoven's rewritten finale
Tickets: Free!



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