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Violist Roger Tapping Is Guest Artist with the Juilliard String Quartet on Alice Tully Hall Recital, Tuesday, February 26 at 8 PM

February 4, 2013 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Concert is Tribute to Longtime Violist Samuel Rhodes, Who Will be Stepping Down from the Quartet at the End of the Season; Mr. Rhodes Continues Teaching and Remains Chairman of Juilliard’s Viola Department

Violist Roger Tapping Joins the Juilliard String Quartet Beginning September 2013

Recital is Part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

Violist Roger Tapping is guest artist with the Juilliard String Quartet in Samuel Rhodes’ Viola Quintet (1968) and Mozart’s Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 on their Alice Tully Hall recital, part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series, on Tuesday, February 26 at 8 PM. The program opens with Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 135.

FREE tickets will be available February 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.

Longtime Juilliard String Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes will be stepping down from the Quartet at the end of the season. He continues teaching and remains chairman of Juilliard’s Viola Department. Mr. Tapping becomes a member of the Juilliard String Quartet in September 2013 and joins Juilliard’s viola faculty beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

This will be Mr. Rhodes’ last Alice Tully Hall recital as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, and in tribute, they perform his Viola Quintet on the program. Mr. Rhodes writes: “I am extremely grateful to my colleagues and to Roger Tapping for approving the special program we are presenting on February 26 in celebration of my 44 seasons with the Juilliard String Quartet and Roger’s welcome to the group. I am particularly grateful to them for the opportunity to present my own Quintet alongside such giants of the repertoire as Beethoven’s final quartet and Mozart’s incredibly beautiful D Major Quintet.”

Mr. Rhodes composed his Viola Quintet as his “thesis” for his Master of Fine Arts degree from Princeton University, where he studied with Roger Sessions. Also at Princeton, he came into contact with Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim, and Edward Cone, all of whom had a profound influence on Mr. Rhodes. The Quintet was completed in 1968 shortly before he joined the Juilliard String Quartet. He describes his Quintet: “The first movement most graphically shows the influence of the quintet of Roger Sessions. Its musical goal is indeed similar to his: a very long, operatic melodic line floating above intricately crafted, faster moving subordinate material. My own musical voice emerged more and more in the last two movements of the piece. The second movement is very much based on its opening unison and its expansion which blossoms into the themes that make up the body of the movement. The third movement takes an unusual shape, Rondo-Variations, in which the rondo element is not a repeated theme, but a group of five fragments, which, when expanded and transformed, provides the material for the variations as well. Each of the instruments is featured in a solo variation.”

To read more about Mr. Tapping’s appointment to Juilliard, go to: http://www.juilliard.edu/newsroom/releases/current/2012-October_RogerTapping.php.

About the Juilliard String Quartet Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has embodied the credo stated by founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” The hallmarks of its distinctive sound – clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line, and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose – have been applied to virtually every era and genre in the literature, from Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartók to Carter, Davidovsky, Babbitt, and Wernick.

The Juilliard String Quartet continues its vibrant tradition of music-making and teaching in the 2012/13 season, with performances at Ravinia and for the chamber music societies of Detroit, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, among many other dates. In New York City, the Quartet appears in its two annual Juilliard School concerts at Alice Tully Hall. In addition to its educational work throughout the season at The Juilliard School, the Quartet returns to Arizona State University’s School of Music for a three-part residency, where they will present master classes, coachings, and performances. In May 2013 they host eight quartets from around the world at their week-long Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, held annually at Juilliard. This year’s seminar takes place May 20-24. juilliard.edu/jsqseminar

Internationally, the Quartet tours to Taiwan, Japan, Switzerland, and Germany, where they will play the five late quartets of Beethoven (repertoire that is a particular focus throughout the season). They have also been invited to join other international musical luminaries for the opening celebrations of a major new performing arts center in Wroclaw, Poland, in June 2013.

In 2011, the JSQ was the subject of the film “Keeping Beethoven Contemporary” produced by Michael Blackwood Productions, which showed the Quartet in a rehearsal and performance of Beethoven’s Quartet in B-Flat Major, Opus 130, in its original form with the Grosse Fuge as the last movement.

In recent seasons, the Quartet has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Palacio Real in Madrid, the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Miyazaki Festival in Japan, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival in Australia, and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. In the United States, they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

During the course of its history, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed more than 500 works, including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, with works by the country’s finest jazz musicians among them. They were the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet catalog.

The Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world, contributing to the reputation of the school as one of the world’s foremost conservatories. The Juilliard String Quartet was Quartet-in-Residence at the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and held a residency at Michigan State University for more than a decade. The members of the Quartet have taught master classes and seminars worldwide, and have appeared many times as guest artists and lecturers at the Conservatoire de Paris. Through its legendary annual Juilliard School String Quartet Seminar, and its work with a variety of graduate quartets-in-residence, the Quartet has been instrumental in the formation of numerous ensembles, among them the Afiara, Alexander, American, Brentano, Calder, Cassatt, Chiara, Colorado, Emerson, Lark, Shanghai, St. Lawrence, and Tokyo string quartets.

With more than 100 releases to its credit, the JSQ is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Bartók quartets, the late Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and Debussy and Ravel quartets have all received Grammy Awards. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its first recording of the complete Bartók quartets, the Juilliard String Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 2011, the Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy with its Lifetime Achievement Award. www.juilliardquartet.org

FOR LISTINGS: Tuesday, February 26, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall Juilliard String Quartet Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello Guest artist: Roger Tapping, viola

Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 SAMUEL RHODES Viola Quintet (1968) MOZART Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593

Free tickets will be available February 12 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu. # # #

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