Brentano String Quartet to play at Willamette

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents the Brentano String Quartet Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Rogers Music Center at Willamette University. The quartet will also give a free master class with Willamette strings students that evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

The program will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's "String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131" and Franz Schubert's "String Quartet in G Major, D. 887."

Since its inception in 1992, the quartet has received critical acclaim throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, performing in the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

In addition to performing the two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. It has performed many works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium, including Baroque music, Renaissance madrigals and polyphonic vocal pieces.

Critical acclaim includes remarks from The Times of London, which wrote, "Such was their ferocity on Saturday night that the instruments almost burst into flames...Make no mistake: the Brentanos are a magnificent quartet...This was wonderful, selfless music making."

The quartet was also heralded by American newspapers across the country, with the Los Angeles Times writing, "Brilliant, virtuosic, and still mellow, its members perfectly meshed in sound while retaining their individual personalities-the Brentano Quartet...Must be one of the great musical hopes of a field overcrowded with contenders."

The quartet features Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin on violin, Misha Amory on viola and Nina Maria Lee on cello. The group is named for Antonie Brentano, who many scholars consider to be Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," the intended recipient of his famous love confession.


Reserved seating is $10, $15 or $20 for adults, $5 for students and $10 for education employees with identification. Tickets can be purchased at Travel Salem, via telephone at (503) 581-4325 or at For more information, call the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255 or visit

About the series

Now in its 26th season, the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series brings world-renowned musicians to Salem several times each year. Sponsored by Willamette University and directed by music professor Anita King, the program is supported through an endowment established by The Collins Foundation in the 1990s to honor the late Grace Goudy, an original trustee of the foundation.