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Guarneri String QuartetGuarneri String Quartet
Friday, October 3, 2008

8:15 p.m., Ford Hall


Arnold Steinhardt, violin
John Dalley, violin
Michael Tree, viola
Peter Wiley, cello



Bartok: String Quartet no. 3
Mozart: String Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Dvorak: String Quartet no. 12 in F major, op. 96 (American)

A Final Farewell

The renowned Guarneri String Quartet "is among the most revered and enduring ensembles of its kind in the world" (National Public Radio) and has circled the globe countless times since it was formed in 1964, playing in the most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The Guarneri String Quartet has announced its retirement at the completion of the 2008-9 season. In their final season the quartet will celebrate by doing what it does best -- touring extensively throughout the United States as its members have for nearly 45 years. Performances include the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art concert series, instituted in 1965, as well as a collaboration with the Johannes String Quartet. The ensemble also makes its annual tour to Europe this winter.

The Guarneri has been featured on many television and radio specials, documentaries and educational presentations in both North America and abroad. Its members have been interviewed by Charles Kuralt on CBS' nationwide television program, Sunday Morning. A full-length film, High Fidelity: The Guarneri String Quartet, was released in 1989 to great critical and public acclaim. (The film was directed and produced by Allan Miller, who was also the director and producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary From Mozart to Mao, about Isaac Stern's visit to China).

The quartet is also the subject of various books, including Quartet by Helen Drees Ruttencutter (Lippincott and Crowell, 1980); The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri in Conversation with David Blum (Alfred A. Knopf, 1986); and Arnold Steinhardt's Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998).


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