Hagen Quartet to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 10/28

Hagen Quartet to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 10/28

Following the highly successful and internationally celebrated milestone of its 30th anniversary, the critically acclaimed Hagen Quartet makes its Segerstrom Center debut on Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The evening's program includes pieces spanning three centuries that display this talented quartet's versatility and virtuosity. Mozart's Quartet in G Major, K. 387 opens the program, followed by Shostakovich's Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 and Brahms' Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67l. The Hagen Quartet includes Lukas Hagen, violin; Rainer Schmidt, violin; Veronika Hagen, viola and Clemens Hagen, cello.

Violinist Rainer Schmidt says of the program, "All three 'musics' are defined, concise and clear, yet they point to something which goes far beyond the written notes. It took us some time to 'build' this program with compositions that are very dear to each of us in the quartet."

Tickets for Hagen Quartet start at $29 and will go on sale Sunday, September 14 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. A free Preview Talk with musicologist and author Herbert Glass will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds the Colburn Foundation for its support of the Chamber Music Series. Kia is the Official Automotive Partner of the Center and United Airlines is the Official Airline of the Center. Classical KUSC is the Media Partner of the Chamber Music Series.

The Center's 2014 - 2015 Chamber Series continues next with the Szymanowski String Quartet featuring pianist Joseph Kalichstein, Calder Quartet and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. To learn more, visit www.scfta.org/chamber.

The upcoming season of the Hagen Quartet, recognized as "undoubtedly the world's most famous quartet," (Neue Zu?rcher Zeitung) comes on the heels of its 30th season, which was devoted to the complete Beethoven string quartets. The Hagen Quartet starts their extensive touring in the 2014 - 2015 season with a Mozart cycle, featuring Mozart's 10 major string quartets in the most important musical centers throughout Europe and Asia.

The quartet's 30th anniversary was lauded as a "grandiose culmination" (Neue Zu?rcher Zeitung) and "the highest art of existence" (DiePresse.com). This milestone was also celebrated with two new recordings, released on Myrios Classics, of works by Mozart, Webern, Beethoven, Grieg and Brahms (clarinetist Jo?rg Widmann joined the quartet for the Brahms). Both recordings received outstanding reviews from the international press. In its review, the German magazine FonoForum wrote of the "world-class ensemble ... [having] advanced even further. Its new vision is breathtaking and can become addictive.... The richness of colors and emotions is spellbinding."

The Hagen Quartet was recognized with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award as Ensemble of the Year 2011. In 2012, the quartet was named Honorary Member of Vienna's Konzerthaus.

The unprecedented three-decade career of the Hagen Quartet began in 1981. Its early years, marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that was to produce around 45 CDs over the following 20 years, enabled the group to work its way through the virtually unlimited quartet repertoire from which the distinctive profile of the Hagen has emerged.

Collaborations with artistic personalities such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gyo?rgy Kurta?g are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers including Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Sabine Meyer, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff and Jo?rg Widmann.