West Road Concert Hall
Fri 11 November
Camerata Musica

The Emerson String Quartet

Shostakovich & Beethoven

This event will go on sale on Monday 12 September 2022.

Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne, with support for student tickets from the Cavatina Trust. These are strictly limited to two per booking.

Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
Paul Watkins, cello

Shostakovich Quartet no. 10 in A-flat, Op. 118
Shostakovich Quartet no. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Beethoven Quartet no. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127

For more than four decades, the Emerson String Quartet has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles. ‘With musicians like this,’ wrote a reviewer for The Times, ‘there must be some hope for humanity.’ The Quartet has made more than thirty acclaimed recordings, and has been honoured with nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year award. The Quartet collaborates with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet form alive and relevant. The group has partnered in performance with such stellar soloists as Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Evgeny Kissin, Emanuel Ax, and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few.

The Quartet’s extensive discography includes the complete string quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bartok, Webern, and Shostakovich, as well as multi-CD sets of the major works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Dvorak. In 2018, Deutsche Grammophon issued a box of the Emerson Complete Recordings on the label. In October 2020, the group released a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets for the Pentatone label. In the preceding year, the Quartet joined forces with Grammy-winning pianist, Evgeny Kissin, to release a collaborative album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded live at a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert in 2018.

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson String Quartet was one of the first quartets to have its violinists alternate in the first chair position. The Quartet, which takes its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, balances busy performing careers with a commitment to teaching, and serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. In 2013, cellist Paul Watkins—a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician—joined the original members of the Quartet to form today’s group.

How the Camerata Musica Free Student Ticket Scheme works

Thanks to generous support from the Cavatina Trust, Camerata Musica is able to offer Free Student Tickets to selected concerts.

  • Tickets will be held for collection at the Ticket Desk on the night of the performance (we regret that Free Tickets cannot be sent by post).
  • Students in higher education and those aged 18 to 25 are eligible for the Free Student Tickets scheme.
  • Students need to book using a credit card (either in person at the ADC Box Office, by phone, or online), making a fully refundable £10 deposit.
  • The credit card used for purchase must not have an expiry date within six months of the purchase being made, otherwise a refund might not be possible.
  • Provided the Free Tickets are collected and used, the full cost of the deposit will be refunded to the payment card within a few days of the concert. Please note that if the Free Tickets are not collected and used, the deposit will be retained.
  • When collecting the Free Tickets you may be asked to present a current student card or a card showing proof of age.

For any questions on technical issues related to this, please contact our Box Office Administrator.


Times

Fri 11 November at 7:30pm

Venue

West Road Concert Hall

Tickets

Band A £45, Band B £35, Band C £20, Students Free (£10 booking fee refundable on attendance)

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge’s premiere music venues. Ideally situated only minutes’ walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King’s College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.


COVID guidance (applicable for all Respiratory Communicable Diseases)

Updated March 2022

COVID remains prevalent in the UK and WRCH has a duty to ensure all those entering the building – including audiences, performers, volunteers, and staff – are kept safe. Whilst domestic government COVID restrictions in England have now been removed, we must all continue to take steps to minimise the transmission of COVID and other respiratory communicable diseases.

West Road is well equipped to mitigate against transmission through use of ventilation and provision of sanitiser throughout the building.

  • We ask all those visiting the building to contribute to our community’s safety by being fully vaccinated where possible and not attending if they feel unwell.
  • Although not currently mandated, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Sanitiser dispensers are located in the foyer and around the building. All visitors are encouraged to use these on arrival and exit.
  • The concert hall auditorium has a mechanical ventilation system providing predominantly fresh air. We recommend wearing an additional layer in cooler weather!
  • The foyer and ancillary spaces have CO2 monitors to indicate air quality and natural ventilation that users can adjust.
  • Official advice on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus is available here.

If you have any concerns about the concert hall reopening please contact us on wrch@mus.cam.ac.uk

Address

West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DP
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Tickets

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