Avalon String Quartet Earns Great Reviews
This past Sunday, October 23, NIU's Avalon String Quartet begin their 9-part series at the Art Institute of Chicago in which they will perform, over the coming months, the entire Beethoven String Quartet cycle, 17 works in all. Sunday's concert programming was designed to "book end" the series, and thus featured Beethoven's first and last quartets.
The Quartet earned a fabulous review from reviewer Dennis Polkow of Chicago Classical Review. Of the performance, Mr. Polkow writes "There are other quartets that have achieved more beautiful tone for this final quartet, but few that can traverse such a cornucopia of musical ideas so fully realized as a unit." You can read the entire review here.
Also in attendance for the first part of Sunday's concert was Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein. Apparently Mr. von Rhein attended several performances this weekend and has written a review encapsulating several of them. He remarked "...the cycle is off to a good start. The Avalon ensemble, which is based at Northern Illinois University, combined youthful spirit and mature musical insights." The full review is here.