A quartet known for bending the rules of
traditional chamber music will conclude the sixth season of Midwestern State
University’s Music Series at Akin. The Germany-based Fauré Quartett will
perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at MSU’s Akin Auditorium.
for influential French composer and pianist Gabriel Fauré, the group has been
called pioneers in their approach to piano quartet compositions. The quartet
consists of Dirk Mommertz on piano, Erika Geldsetzer on violin,
Sascha Frömbling on viola, and cellist Konstantin Heidrich. In addition to
recordings of works by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and other classical composers,
they have performed and recorded songs outside the mainstream repertoire, such
as works by Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.
Another of the quartet’s hallmarks is its unexpected
collaborations with groups such as the German big band group NDR Big Band and
contemporary artists such as Rufus Wainwright and Sven Helbig. They also play
nontraditional venues such as New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge and participate
in school programs that expose children to chamber music.
In a year-end review, The Dallas Morning News listed a February 2016 performance by the
quartet as one of the most notable performances, stating, “Presented by the
Dallas Chamber Music Society, the German foursome played on an almost
superhuman level of tonal refinement, technical and ensemble precision, and
The quartet has won two of Germany’s music prize, the
Echo. The first was in 2008 for chamber music recording of the year for their
album of Brahms’ piano quartet music. The second was for the 2009 album Popsongs as top classic recording. Other
awards include the German Music Competition, and many other international
competition and recording awards.
The program will include works by the quartet's namesake Fauré,
Gustav Mahler, and Mozart.
The concert is sponsored by the Perkins-Prothro
Foundation and Joe and Dale Prothro with the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts
at MSU. The series debuted in
spring 2012 with pianist Yefim Bronfman, who accompanied famed violinist
Itzhack Perlman at the Kennedy Center Honors performance late last year.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Inon Barnatan, Irish pianist Barry
Douglas, the Emerson Quartet, among other notable musicians, also have been
guests of the series.
Tickets may be purchased
by contacting the MSU Music Department at 940-397-4267, or visiting
msufineartstickets.com. Cash or check payments may be mailed to Music Series at
Akin, MSU Department of Music, 3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.
General admission tickets are $25 for each performance or $40 for season
tickets. Tickets for senior citizens and military are $22.50 for each or $36
for season tickets.