The Brentano String Quartet will perform Friday October 4 at the First Presbyterian Church at 509 South Pearl Avenue in Joplin. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the performance starts at 7. The event is open to the public and donations are accepted. The appearance marks the opening of the start of the 40th season for Pro Musica Joplin and the third time the BSQ has traveled to Southwest Missouri to perform.
The Brentano String Quartet have toured throughout North America, also in Asia, Japan and Australia and have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The group formed in 1992 have released 10 albums over the years.
Mark Steinburg is one of two violinists in the quartet and I spoke with him from Virginia on Monday afternoon. Three of four members of the quartet are original members and are nearing three decades of playing music with each other. He met fellow violinist Serena Canan in graduate school while studying at Julliard. While Mark and violist Misha Amory connected at the Marlboro Music Festival, a well known chamber music festival that takes place in Marlboro, Vermont.
Watching the quartet perform is just as entertaining as hearing them. You discover each individual instrument by taking in the wholeness of the group and the grand sound that they produce. According to Mark, the balance between each instrument is important but ultimately the music and how it is written decides what the group is going to sound like.
The Brentano String Quartet’s performance on Friday October 4 will mark the third time the group has visited Southwest Missouri. Friday nights performance will be “centered around a program of one of the late Beethoven quartets. The Opus 132 quartet in A minor” according to Mark. It will also include Mendelssohn’s quartet during the second half of the program, Opus 13 in A minor.