Borromeo Quartet plays in Peterborough’s Bass Hall Friday

The Borromeo String Quartet continues its series of performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets, with a performance in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature the quartet the Quartet #13, known as the Grosse Fuge (Op. 133), Quartet #13 in Bb major, (Op. 130) and Quartet #16 in F major, (Op. 135), which was the last substantial work completed by Beethoven before his death in March of 1827.

About the extraordinary pieces culminating the world-renowned Borromeo Quartet landmark series for the Monadnock region, Electric Earth Artistic Director Jonathan Bagg explains, “The ‘late quartets’ of Beethoven comprise a distinct unit among the total sixteen that he wrote. They were produced in one continuous stream — the kind of creative burst that is rare even among the greatest composers — between May of 1824 and October of 1826.”

Co-Director Laura Gilbert says, “The Borromeo’s first three concerts this season have been jaw-dropping in their virtuosity, but beyond that, they seem to bring the spirit of Beethoven to their playing, which mingles earthy humor with the loftier discourse. It’s music at its most Shakespearean. Both the mind and heart of the listener feel the kind of exhilaration one gets only while experiencing the greatest art.”

Tickets are $25. For reservations contact Electric Earth Concerts at , or call Miki Osgood at 593-5245.

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