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Emerson String Quartet returns to Orange County CA to open the 25th season@Segerstrom

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The Segerstrom Center for the Arts commenced its 25th season of chamber music Saturday night in Samueli Theater. An old friend was on hand for the occasion, namely the Emerson String Quartet, making its 17th appearance on the series, practically the house band. Listeners here know them, love them and continue to pack the place.

As often with the Emersons, their program was a little lesson in music history. Having given us on their last visit Beethoven's three "Razumovsky" quartets, wherein the composer finally grabbed the string quartet genre by the horns and made it wholly his own, the group returned to the treasure trove, performing Beethoven quartets from his early, middle and late periods.

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