The Escher Quartet is coming to give a recital Tuesday for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and joining it will be pianist Benjamin Hochman.
They are playing an exciting program reaching from the 18th century to the modern era. It begins with Mozart’s Quartet in E Flat, K. 428, the third of the six exquisite, experimental quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn. Following the Mozart will be Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 3. The concert concludes with the searching, adventurous Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 67, by American composer Amy Beach – or, as she preferred to be called, Mrs. H.H.A. Beach.
Named for Dutch artist M.C. Escher, the Escher Quartet comprises violinists Aaron Boyd and Adam Barnett-Hart, violist Pierre Lapointe and cellist Dane Johansen. Together since 2005, the musicians were coached in their formative years by the great Emerson Quartet. One of its recent projects is recording, for Naxos, the complete quartets of the Viennese composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, a composer whose music has been explored by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. This appears to be the Escher Quartet’s first visit to Buffalo.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $20. For info, call 462-4939.
– Mary Kunz Goldman