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Duke Arts Presents

Isidore String Quartet

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

Direct from winning the illustrious Banff International String Quartet Competition in September, The Juilliard-trained Isidore String Quartet has secured a reputation as a ‘quartet to watch.’ For their debut performances at Duke, they are exploring three composers’ personal musical responses to moments of ‘awakening’ in their lives.

First up, a musical interpretation of awakening: the introduction and development of the string quartet form. There’s no better piece to illustrate this than Haydn’s trailblazing String Quartet No. 25, written in 1771 but packed full of compositional techniques still adopted by composers every day. The centerpiece of the Isidores’ program is a quartet written by Billy Childs in 2012, tracking his emotional and physical journey in dealing with his wife’s serious illness and subsequent recovery. You can see every stage of this journey brought to life in the evolution of the core melody. To represent awakenings in the latter stages of life, the Isidores bring their recital to a close with one of Beethoven’s late-period quartets, in which he confronts the nature of mortality and shows gratitude for his life.


Due to illness, the St. Lawrence String Quartet regretfully canceled its December 3 performance. The award-winning Isidore String Quartet was selected to appear instead.

All tickets for the St. Lawrence String Quartet have been automatically transferred to the Isidore String Quartet performance. If you wish to return or exchange your tickets, please contact the Duke Box Office at tickets@duke.edu or 919-684-4444.


This event is part of our Chamber Art Series. See the full line-up here.

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Haydn: String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20, No. 2

Childs: String Quartet No. 2 “Awakening”(2012)

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

BISQC 2022 - Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2

Isidore Quartet: Beethoven Op. 132 - iii. Molto adagio

Isidore Quartet: BISQC 2022 Highlight Reel

This is a quartet that has a strong personal voice and vision. They are passionate musicians that approach their work as artists in society with a mature seriousness and purpose

Barry Shiffman, Director, Banff International String Quartet Competition