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Dover Quartet’s Bienen School residency continues in the 2018-19 season

EVANSTON -- The award-winning Dover Quartet will return to Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, extending their residency into the 2018-2019 season. As Bienen School of Music Quartet-in-Residence, the Dover will coach Bienen chamber ensembles and give three public performances during the academic year on Oct. 23, 2018 and Jan. 11 and May 8, 2019.

The Dover Quartet’s residency is generously supported by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Following an impressive sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet was launched into international stardom, garnering honors and awards including the Cleveland Quartet Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has released two recordings, “Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart” and “Voices of Defiance: 1943, 1944, 1945,” both on the Cedille Records label.

During the 2018-19 season, the quartet is slated to give more than 100 concerts throughout North America, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and Carnegie Hall. Additional engagements include tours of Hong Kong, Europe and Australia.

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In addition to coaching Bienen School chamber ensembles, the quartet will give three public performances in 2018-19, as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston 

The quartet’s October program highlights music of Benjamin Britten and Béla Bartók commissioned by American presenters, together with the last string quartet Antonín Dvořák composed in America. The program features Britten’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

The quartet opens the 2019 Winter Chamber Music Festival with a program titled “The Ripple of Time.” Their program features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, Op. 30, Mason Bates’s “From Amber Frozen” and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major, D. 887. Winter Chamber Music Festival subscriptions are now available. Single tickets, on sale Nov. 12, are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

The program for this performance will be announced in mid-February. Tickets, also on sale in mid-February, will be $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 847-467-4000 or in person at the Bienen School ticket office, located at the southeast entrance of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 50 Arts Circle Drive on the Evanston campus.

Ticket office hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m.

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