Acclaimed violist Marcus Thompson, the Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music at MIT, continues his series of guest performances with visiting string quartets on Friday, Nov. 3, with a performance of Mozart's Viola Quintet in E flat major with the Vogler Quartet. The concert, at which the Vogler Quartet will also perform Haydn's String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64, No. 6; Berg's String Quartet, Op. 3; and Webern's Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, will take place at 8 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
The concert marks the fifth of six concerts in a two-year series at MIT celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, in which Thompson performs all six of Mozart's viola quintets with visiting string quartets.
The Vogler Quartet was founded in East Berlin in 1985. With a repertoire of more than 200 works from all periods, the quartet is widely known for its extraordinary musical intelligence, creative playing, homogenous sound, rich nuances, powerful interpretations and unconventional programming. All four members studied at the Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik in Berlin and came to international prominence in 1986 by winning the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, Germany.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 1, 2006 (download PDF).