The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 21, 2012

Contemporary classic comes to town


— The Beckley Concert Association presents its second performance of the season Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium for an evening of contemporary classical music.

The Daedalus Quartet, a leader among the new generation of string ensembles will wow the audience with “insightful and vibrant” Haydn,  the ” impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the” riveting focus” of their Dutilleux.

Since its founding, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum.

This quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle and György Ligeti. The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists, including include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Joyce Yang and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein.

Their  debut recording, music of Stravinsky, Sibelius and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006.

BCA season performances are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the  National  Endowment For The Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Season tickets are available on-line at Also on this site is some of the music of the 2012-2013 music season.

For further information, contact Betsy Gilmer at 304-253-8923 of Freda Soter at 304-253-9591.