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Duke Arts Presents

Calidore String Quartet

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

The Calidore String Quartet is one of the premier chamber ensembles in a generation of exciting new chamber talent. Since forming in Los Angeles, the spirited Calidore — a portmanteau of its native state and the French word for “golden” — has gathered an impressive list of honors, including a Stony Brook residency and the University of Michigan’s inaugural M-Prize. This vivacious quartet, known for its attunement to subtle dynamic shifts, was hailed by Gramophone as the “epitome of confidence and finesse, engaged in a series of engrossing, sympathetic, and intense conversations.”

For its Durham debut, the Calidore links two revered compositions with a commission from one of the country’s brightest young composers. Prokofiev wrote his String Quartet No. 2 while in wartime exile in the North Caucasus, where he embraced the region’s ancient folk melodies. It leads elegantly into First Essay: Nimrod, a Calidore commission for Pulitzer-winning North Carolinian Caroline Shaw, an ode to the writing of Marilynne Robinson that reveals the intricate possibilities within a simple tune. The Calidore closes with Schumann’s sensuous and magnetic Quartet in A Major, op.41.


Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, op. 92

Caroline Shaw: First Essay: Nimrod

Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, op. 41, no. 3

Calidore String Quartet 'Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13'

Calidore String Quartet 'Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11.'

Calidore String Quartet 'Schubert on a Helipad'

“The Calidore’s lustrous, beautifully matched sound, meticulous attention to detail, intellectual rigour, and worldly musicianship would be the envy of groups that have been playing together twice as long.”

Ottawa Citizen