Chamber Music Tulsa Presents Tokyo Farewell Tour

Universally acknowledged as one of the world’s finest string quartets, the Tokyo String Quartet ( has announced that after 43 seasons, this will be their last. According to Executive Director, Bruce Sorrell, “This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear one of the greatest quartets in the world perform live in Tulsa during their final season.” They will perform works by Haydn, Bartok, and Mendelssohn on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Williams Theatre in Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call 918.596.7111 or online at

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets, and it has since released more than 40 landmark recordings. The ensemble now records on the Harmonia Mundi label.

The members of the Tokyo String Quartet have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976. Deeply committed to coaching young string quartets, they conduct master classes in North America, Europe and the Far East. As part of ’s ongoing commitment to providing education programming as well, the Quartet will give a master class at the University of Tulsa for ensembles from TU, OU, and .

The ensemble performs on the “Paganini Quartet”, a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the ensemble from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Program: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012
Williams Theatre – Performing Arts Center
2:15 p.m. Preconcert Lecture
Haydn: Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, “The Rider”
Bartók: Quartet No. 4
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2

There will also be a Salon concert with wine and dinner buffet on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westby Pavilion at the Performing Arts Center. This concert is nearly sold out and tickets are extremely limited. To check on availability, call 918.587.3802. The Quartet will play Kodály’s Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major at this performance.

COMING IN NOVEMBER – The Zodiac Trio will perform on Nov. 17 and 18, 2012. Trained in New York and Paris, these talented and passionate young musicians represent the best of an international generation, performing to great acclaim on three continents. In addition to their concert and education performances, they will play a happy hour performance called ‘Beer, Brats, and Bartok’ on Friday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. at Fassler Hall in the Blue Dome District. (

Updated 10-07-2012

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