On Saturday, September 30, one of the premiere string quartets in the world will be performing at The Old Gallery in Allenspark. The famed Takács Quartet, which has been the recipient of three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC
Music Magazine Awards and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits, will hold a concert for the season.
The quartet consists of Edward Dusinberre – violin; Károly Schranz - violin; Geraldine Walther – viola; and András Fejér - cello. Members of the Takács Quartet are Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder where they have helped develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music. The quartet is known to play with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, that combines four distinct musical personalities and brings fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.
The Takács Quartet has a lengthy tradition of performances in Estes Park and the mountain communities of Colorado. Though it is not surprising that the ensemble performs regularly in venues such the Aspen Music Festival, they have grown to love performing for audiences along the Peak-to-Peak Highway. For a couple of decades, under the sponsorship of the Chamber Music Society of Estes Park, the ensemble performed regularly at the Stanley Hotel and Hempel Hall (a tradition that was ended by the epic flood of 2013).
Fortunately for Allenspark, Dave Pinkow, Board President of The Old Gallery, and a former CU music faculty member, was contacted by a member of the quartet who expressed an interest in resuming their performances in nearby mountain communities. “The Old Gallery is a perfect place, and many of us had been dreaming of their performing at TOG for some time. Now, for a third year, the Takács Quartet has graciously agreed to perform at The Old Gallery; “They love the acoustics here and the intimacy of the venue. We’re just thrilled,” Pinkow said.
They will perform the Quartet in D Minor, Op. 75, No. 2, by Franz Joseph Haydn; Quartet No. 11, by Dimitri Shostakovich; and Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, by Felix Mendelssohn.
Tickets are $35, and are available at The Old Gallery and Distant Harbors in Allenspark and at brownpapertickets.com. There is limited seating available for this event, and it is recommended that people purchase tickets in advance. Doors open and seating begins at 4:30 p.m. The concert starts at 5 p.m. There will be wine and light snacks available, as well.
The Old Gallery is located at 14863 Colorado Highway 7, next to the Allenspark Fire Station. Carpooling to the event is encouraged as parking is limited at The Old Gallery. Fortunately, overflow parking is available east of the Gallery on the Highway 7 right of way, and in the parking lot just on the other side of the Fire Station. Parking attendants will be available to assist.