Saturday, February 7 at 7 p.m. marks the day when the internationally revered Emerson String Quartet will be performing with their newest member—cellist Paul Watkins—at UCSB's Campbell Hall.
The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of quartets with its list of monumental achievements: nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, more than 30 acclaimed recordings and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the group’s first Santa Barbara appearance with distinguished British cellist Paul Watkins. The first new member in 34 years, Watkins has infused the venerable quartet with a newfound “boyish exuberance” (New York Times). Other quartet members include violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton.
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387 (“Spring”)
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 127
“With musicians like this, there must be some hope for humanity.” The Times (U.K.)
Wrote The New York Times, “One of the characteristics of the Emerson Quartet is that its players all have the ability and the instruments to produce a sweet and glossy sound – but do so sparingly. Instead, they establish a chromatic scale of timbres that range from dry and tart over clean and zesty all the way to lustrous and singing. Listening to them pass tiny rhythmic motifs around the group, I was struck by how evenly calibrated these timbres were.”
UCSB Arts & Lectures, 805/893-3535, https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu