Spanish ensemble Cuarteto Casals to perform at Purdue

Cuarteto CasalsWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cuarteto Casals, which has quickly become recognized as one of Europe’s most distinguished string quartets, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2011 at Purdue University’s Loeb Playhouse.

Named for renowned cellist, conductor and humanitarian Pablo Casals, the Spanish ensemble of Vera Martínez Mehner and Abel Tomàs (violins), Jonathan Brown (viola), and Arnau Tomàs Realp (cello) was founded at the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid in 1997. The ensemble has garnered critical acclaim and won top prizes at many international competitions, including first prizes at the 2000 London and the 2002 Johannes Brahms International String Quartet competitions.

In 2006 the ensemble received the National Music Award, the highest distinction for musicians in Spain, and in 2008 it was chosen for a special study award from the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust in England. The quartet’s bold, dramatic sensibility, coupled with a refined and polished treatment of its repertoire, has prompted the New York Times to call the group “a quartet with a vivid sonic signature entirely its own.”

The ensemble will perform a program featuring works by Mozart, Kurtág and Beethoven.

Tickets are $26 for the general public and $16 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster outlets. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be ordered at 765-496-1977

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