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Ébène String Quartet

When

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

Where

Richardson Auditorium Stage in Alexander Hall

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Pierre Colombet, Violin • Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin • Adrien Boisseau, Viola • Raphaël Merlin, Cello

“Someday My Prince Will Come” says the Disney song. He will indeed, on March 9, and he’s bringing three other princes with him. They are the virtuosos of the Ébène Quartet, whose concert on our season last year was unforgettable.  They are four Frenchmen known for moving seamlessly and with élan between classical and jazz (“Jazzical”?), enriching performances of each with the magic of the other. “A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band,” lauded The New York Times, and in praising their recent Carnegie Hall performance of a Schumann Quartet, The Times said the finale “took on a decidedly jazzy swing.” The Boston Globe hails the Quartet’s non-classical fare as “exciting and ear-opening.” With one program devoted to classical music and a second one devoted to jazz, you might hear some Miles Davis or, in a nod to a local boy, a moving take on Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia, performed with instrumental majesty and surprisingly princely vocals.

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Program

Two one-hour concerts, offered in the round on the stage of Alexander Hall in Richardson Auditorium

Back by popular demand are the four members of the astounding Ébène Quartet. Come for the gavotte, but stay for the lindy-hop: these remarkable chameleons will begin the evening with an all-French program from the traditional string quartet literature of Debussy and Dutilleux at 6pm, but will then transform Richardson stage into the Cotton Club with pieces from their collection of jazz favorites at 9pm.

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