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The Balanescu Quartet Brings MARIA T. to the Schimmel Center Tonight

Tonight, December 20 2013, Pace Presents THE BALANESCU QUARTET - The US Debut of Maria T. Curated by Presented with assistance from The Romanian Cultural Institute at The Michael SchimMel Center for the Arts. Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm. Tickets: $35.

The Balanescu Quartet is led by Romanian virtuoso violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu. With an eye toward pushing the limits of a contemporary string quartet, Balenscu has collaborated with Lounge Lizard John Lurie, Jack de Johnette, Ornette Coleman, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, David Byrne, the Pet Shop Boys, Spiritualized, Kate Bush, Pina Bausch and Kraftwerk.

The performance at The Michael SchimMel Center is inspired by the legendary Romanian singer, Maria Tanase (1913 - 1963). Maria T. expresses the synergy between classical and traditional music, using computer technology to create a geographical and cultural bridge between the Quartet and Maria Tanase. The performance is accompanied by Steve Arguelles on percussion and with the unique digital video and stage design of Klaus Obermaier.

The Balanescu Quartet - "Life and Death" from Maria T. Artist Website:

Tickets to this event are available now:

  • Online at
  • By phone via The Ovation Tix Call Center at (866) 811-4111
  • In person in advance at The Michael SchimMel Center Box Office, open Mon-Fri from 1pm-6pm
  • Day of Show at The Michael SchimMel Center starting at noon

Pace Presents performances take place at The Michael SchimMel Center for the Arts located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan. Located adjacent to The World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall, Pace Presents' 670-seat Michael SchimMel Center for the Arts is readily and easily accessible by car, bus, subway and PATH train. The room offers ample space for groups but is small enough to provide flawless sightlines and truly intimate performances. Competitive ticket pricing is aimed at enticing New Yorkers of all types to visit and explore the best music, theatre and dance that the world has to offer. Student tickets, available to enrollees at any University, High School or Junior High School in the New York area, are only $5 for any performance in the Pace Presents season with a valid student ID.

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