Concert features West Coast Premiere of New Center Commission by British Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the annual return of acclaimed ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet on March 28 in a program that will feature the first West Coast performance of Shroud by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This new work was commissioned in part by longtime supporters of the Center’s Chamber Music Series, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. The evening also includes Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30. The Emerson String Quartet includes Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola and Paul Watkins, cello. Orange County Register declares “The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.”
Mark-Anthony Turnage, celebrated composer of the recent opera Anna Nicole, wrote Shroud, the new string quartet specifically for the nine-time Grammy Award–winning Emerson String Quartet. The work is being performed during the Emerson’s 40th anniversary celebrations and international tour. Shroud received its world premiere on September 27, 2016 in Ohio at Akron’s Tuesday Musical in the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. As its name suggests, Shroud is an emotional work that mourns the loss of two of Turnage’s dear friends who passed away close together in time. The new work is approximately 25 minutes long and is composed in five movements, with the first and last movements serving as bookending tributes to each friend. The middle three movements are lighter in tone and are dedicated to the Emerson String Quartet.
Single tickets start at $29 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Preview Talk at 7:15 p.m.