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World-Renowned Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet Performs Nov. 1; Hosts Student Residency at UB

October 10, 2016
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Phone: 410.837.5739

The world-renowned Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet will visit the University of Baltimore, offering a public performance on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and workshops for two UB classes in its Integrated Arts major. The performance, presented by the University's live performance series, Spotlight UB, will take place at 7 p.m. in the acoustically ideal Wright Theater in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Ticket information is listed below.

Formed in Leningrad in 1939, the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet is a monument of Russian musical history. The present members—Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola), and Anton Andreev (cello)—are all graduates of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory. They regularly perform in the most highly acclaimed festivals in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, England, Switzerland and Finland, achieving organic and expressive interpretations of a diverse music ranging from the Baroque era to contemporary composers.

The heart of the quartet's repertoire lies in Russian music of the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as music by contemporary and classical international composers. The quartet regularly collaborates with outstanding musicians from around the world, and has made many professional sound recordings released on labels in Germany, the United States, France, and Russia.

In addition to their concert at UB, the members of the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet will lead a workshop in two classes, Arts in Society and The Business of Being an Artist, where they will share their insights as professional artists.

The program on Nov. 1 will include performances of:

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Quartet n.1, op.12
        Moderato alla breve
        Andante moderato
        Scherzo. Allegretto vivace
        Finale. Allegro con spirit
        A selection from the cycle "The Fridays"
Igor Stravinsky, Three pieces for String Quartet

Dmitri Shostakovich's Two pieces for String Quartet op.36
        Elegy. Adagio
        Polka. Allegretto

Sergei Prokofiev's Quartet n.1, op.30,
        Andante molto vivace

The Prokofiev selection is being performed by the quartet as a commission from the Library of Congress in honor of the 125th anniversary of the composer's birthday.

Tickets to this event are $10 for general admission, $5 for UB faculty and staff, and free to all UB students; they are available at etix and in the lobby one hour before the show.

Learn more about the Integrated Arts program.

Learn more about Spotlight UB; get more information about the series by sending an e-mail to

The performance and residency by the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quarter are made possible by a generous grant from the Peggy and Yale Gordon Charitable Trust and the support of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.


Last Published 6/9/16