The Bucknell University music department’s Piano Series presents the Left Bank Quartet — a classical string quartet from Washington, D.C. whose members teach at the University of Maryland — for a free, public concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall, Sigfried Weis Music Building.
These four musicians, with their diverse and colorful backgrounds, came together rather unexpectedly through the auspices of the Theater Chamber Players. They have been The Left Bank Quartet since 1999, taking their name from the fact that the Kennedy Center, their first regular venue, is situated on the left bank of the Potomac River.
Their combined experiences include participation in the major festivals of the musical world — Aspen, Banff, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Spoleto and Yellow Barn, to name just a few. Their teaching experiences, collaborations, national and international tours, recital and concerto performances, and success in international competitions give this quartet a rich and varied tapestry as they weave their musical message.
The Left Bank Quartet’s repertoire encompasses an eclectic range, with quartets of composers such as Chavez, Crumb, Durkó, Dutilleux, Ginastera, Jalbert, Kirchner, Kurtág, Korngold, Ligeti, Meriläinen, Nancarrow and Revueltes augmenting the standard fare.