posted March 13, 2000

GPS Features String Quartet

A string quartet heralded as one of the finest of its generation will be the fifth concert in Hope College's 1999-2000 Great Performance Series.

          The Vogler Quartet of Berlin will perform on
  Monday, March 27, at 8 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
  Also featured will be Angela Cheng, one of Canada's most
  distinguished and respected pianists.
          The Vogler Quartet formed in 1985, while each of
  its four members (Tim Vogler, violin; Frank Reinkecke,
  violin; Stefan Fehlandt, viola; and Stephan Forck, cello)
  were still students at the Hans Eisler College of Music in
  Berlin.  They quickly rose to international acclaim,
  celebrated for their intense and thoroughly modern
  interpretations of classical works.  In just their first
  year they earned First Prize at the International String
  Quartet Competition in Evian, France.  There, they also
  received the Prize of the Press Jury and a special prize for
  their outstanding interpretation of a 20th century work.
          In a review of a London concert, "The Times" said
  the group gave "a marvelous exhibition of the art of string
  quartet playing."  A "Cincinnati Enquirer" reviewer said,
  "the four played as one voice, with a uniformity of attack
  and articulation that seemed as easy as breathing."
          The Vogler Quartet made its American debut at the
  Ravinia festival during the summer of 1990, and has since
  appeared in New York, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and the
  Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  The group's recordings
  include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Verdi, Debussy
  and Shostakovich.
          The quartet will open the evening with Haydn's
  "Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1" before moving on to
  Hindemith's "Minimax."
          Angela Cheng, hailed for her remarkable technique,
  tonal beauty and musicianship, collaborates with the Vogler
  Quartet on Schumann's "Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op.
  44."  She is an avid recitalist whose many honors include
  the Gold Medal at the 1986 Arthur Rubinstein International
  Piano Masters Competition, the Medal of Excellence from the
  Salzburg Mozarteum, and a Career Development Grant from the
  Canada Council.  She will also be performing Chopin's
  "Ballade no. 1 in G minor, Op. 23" as a solo piece.
          Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for senior
  citizens and $6.50 for students, and may be purchased in the
  theatre lobby ticket office of the DeWitt Center on March
  23, 24, and 27.  The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5
  p.m.  Tickets may be ordered by telephone by calling 616-
  395-7890 during ticket office hours.  Tickets will also be
  available at the door.
          Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on the corner
  of 12th Street and College Avenue.  Additional information
  may be obtained by calling the Great Performance Series at
  (616) 395-6996.