Orion Quartet

Thursday, April 07, 2022 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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About This Performance

The Orion’s annual appearance with the Society highlights late works by three great composers. Although Bach never specified the instrumentation of the Art of the Fugue, this “technically impeccable” (Los Angeles Times) quartet is more than up to the task of interpreting the deeply contrapuntal work. Bartók’s final quartet serves as a solemn reflection on the human condition, while Beethoven’s Op. 130/133 is “one of the great artistic testaments to the human capacity for meaning in the face of chaos” (Mark Steinberg).

Bach: Final Fugue from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/ Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

The Artist(s)

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Orion Quartet
The Orion Quartet is one of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States. Since its inception, the Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances, offering diverse programs that juxtapose classic works of the standard quartet literature with masterworks by living composers. The members of the Quartet–violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers who share the first violin chair equally),… Read More

Videos

The Orion Quartet plays Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
Watch the Orion Quartet play Haydn's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5
WHAT YOU'LL HEAR