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
The quartet will open the evening with Haydn's
"Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1" before moving on to
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