Jerusalem Quartet | Duke Campus: Baldwin Auditorium | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Jerusalem Quartet 

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $10-$42
When the Jerusalem Quartet last played here, they wowed with physical, incisive performances of Mozart, Shostakovich, Brahms and Debussy. This return promises equal engagement. The bookends of the program contrast Haydn’s ever-playful “Rider” quartet with the bottomless recesses of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.” Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet, from 1923, takes the middle. A Czech-Jewish composer killed in the Holocaust, Schulhoff is considered one of the first European composers to grapple with jazz, but not with this work. Instead, he riffs on various European dances (waltz, tarantella, tango) and adds bursts of modernist harmony and clashing folk melodies. It often feels like Bartók on a particularly cheerful day; there are some prickles, but they only make it more affable. —Dan Ruccia



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