UW News

January 3, 2018

Arts Roundup: Performances by violinist Itzhak Perlman, Takács Quartet with special guest Erika Eckert, a riveting play — Trojan Women: A Love Story and more

This week in the arts, listen to a duo performance of piano professors, hear the internationally acclaimed Takács String Quartet, promising young pianist Scott Cuellar, immerse yourself in the post-apocalyptic world of Trojan Women: A Love Story, and attend a performance by Grammy and Emmy Award Winning violinist Itzhak Perlman.

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McCabe Sisters

Faculty Recital: Robin McCabe, Piano, with Rachelle McCabe

7:30 p.m., January 11 | Meany Theater

The School of Music presents a dynamic evening of duo performances by UW piano professor Robin McCabe and her sister, Rachelle McCabe, professor of piano at Oregon State University, performing music by Bernstein, Brahms, and William Hirtz. More Info

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Takács Quartet

Takács Quartet with special guest Erika Eckert

7:30 p.m, January 13| Meany Theater

The only quartet to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame, the Takács String Quartet has won world-wide acclaim for their passionate, committed performances. Hear why the Financial Times writes, “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom,” when they return to Meany Center with a program that spans the centuries, including Mendelssohn’s expressive String Quintet No. 2 with violist Erika Eckert. More Info

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Scott Cuellar

Catch a Rising Star: Scott Cuellar, Piano

4:30 p.m, January 14 | Brechemin Auditorium

In reviewing pianist Scott Cuellar’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, David LaMarche of the New York Concert Review described his performance as “virtuosic in scope and expression, like a great man of the theater,” and praised his ability to “illuminate both the external structure and the emotional core of the work he plays.”  A doctoral student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studies with Jon Kimura Parker, Cuellar performs music by Schumann and Scriabin in his Jan. 14 recital. More Info

Trojan Women: A Love Story

January 16 – January 28 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Playwright Charles L. Mee recruits “shards of our contemporary world to lie, as in a bed of ruins, within the frame of the classical world.” In his brutal, lusty collage, Trojan Women: A Love Story, Dido reads Aeneas’ tarot cards in a post-apocalyptic spa and Cassandra incarnates as a furious dominatrix. The war is ended, yet it is unceasing: “A world destroyed by the hands of those who thought themselves the creators of civilization.” Love songs leaven war’s ravages, and a feminist utopia glitters, unreachable, on the horizon. More Info

Serious Fun: We’ve Got Rhythm

January 17| Brechemin Auditorium (Music Building)

Explore the intersections of poetry, music and biological rhythms to find out just what exactly makes us tick. More Info


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Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

7:30 p.m., January 18 | Meany Theater

Since his breakthrough at age 13 on The Ed Sullivan Show, Itzhak Perlman has reigned as the leading violinist of our time, captivating audiences throughout the world and earning accolades from Grammy and Emmy awards to the President’s Medal of Freedom. Acclaimed for his exceptional talent and musicality, he is revered not only for his technical skills, but for the palpable joy he brings to every performance. This season, Perlman returns to Meany Center after nearly 20 years, giving Seattle audiences the chance to hear one of classical music’s all-time greats in the intimate setting of Meany Theater. More Info

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