The Concerts Penzance series of international quality classical music events continues through the winter months. On Saturday 11th February at 7.30pm, Concerts Penzance welcome back the Doric String Quartet whose members first performed in Penzance 6 years ago. Now firmly established as the leading British string quartet of its generation, the quartet is now attracting major awards for it’s outstanding concerts and recordings. The Doric continues the series of Haydn quartets which have featured in several of this season’s concerts and the programme ends with Beethoven’s second Razumovsky quartet op.54 no.2. The central work is Berg’s Lyric Suite – one of the pinnacle works for string quartet of the early 20th century, fusing highly romantic passion with revolutionary tonality. Tickets cost £12 or £3 for under 21s.
On Sunday 26th March at 2.30pm, Concerts Penzance present their Fifth Humphry Davy Science and Music Lecture at Zennor Theatre, Penwith College. Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and Britian’s leading Maths advocate explores Messiaen’s Maths. Composed and premiered at the Nazi war camp where the composer was imprisoned, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of the most ethereally beautiful works of the 20th century – and also one of the most mathematically complex. With live musical excerpts, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy visualises the numerical intricacies and ideas that inspired the music, followed by a complete performance of the quartet given by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, Charles Dale-Harris clarinet, Kate Oswin violin, Ghislaine McMullin cello and Joseph Havlat piano. Tickets cost £8 or £3 for under 21s.
Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Mounts Bay Wine, Bread Street, Penzance. To reserve tickets in advance email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 07422 972622