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Nine-Time Grammy Award-Winning Emerson String Quartet

Nine-Time Grammy Award-Winning Emerson String Quartet Performs at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – The Emerson String Quartet performs on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Soka Performing Arts Center as part of the 2016-17 Chamber Music Series. Single tickets are $40 for adults, and $32 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $31 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

At this concert, the Emerson String Quartet will be joined by cellist Clive Greensmith, best known for performing with the Tokyo String Quartet. The Emerson String Quartet is made up of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist Paul Watkins. The program will include: Bartók – Eight duos for two violins; Beethoven – String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131; and Schubert – Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956.

The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards including two for Best Classical Album, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year, and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson was one of the first quartets formed with two violinists alternating in the first chair position. The ensemble, which took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. In January 2015, the quartet received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. “The Emerson brought the requisite virtuosity to every phrase. But this music is equally demanding emotionally and intellectually, and the group’s powers of concentration and sustained intensity were at least as impressive” (The New York Times).

Greensmith was a member of the Tokyo Quartet from 1999 until the group disbanded in 2013, and has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently performs with the Montrose Trio with fellow Tokyo Quartet alumnus Martin Beaver, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. In addition to winning several prizes, such as second place in the inaugural Premio Stradivari (Italy), he has worked with musicians like András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis.