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The NEW Emerson String Quartet returns to Durham this Fall

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The Emerson String Quartet's returns to Durham for Duke Performances at the Baldwin Auditorium on December 7, 2012 with it a new beginning and a new cellist: Paul Watkins.

The concert will include of course endings and beginnings. Mendelssohn wrote his last major work, the sixth string quartet, in response to the loss of his beloved sister. Shostakovich faced down his mortality with the brief and chilling thirteenth quartet. Beethoven's seventh quartet represented a giant leap forward from all previous chamber writing in its emotional intensity.?

PROGRAM
Mendelssohn:?String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80
Shostakovich:?String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 138
Beethoven:?String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"