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The Calidore String Quartet performs music by Mendelssohn and Dvorák in the Center for the Performing Arts’ free online program

Calidore String Quartet performs in a free streaming concert available March 10-17 through the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. Photo by Marco Borggreve

Calidore String Quartet performs in the next episode of “Front Row: National,” which is broadcast online for free through the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 and will be available to stream until 7:30 p.m. on March 17 on cpa.psu.edu/events/cmslc-march-10.

The program includes the Quartet in F minor for strings, op. 80, by Félix Mendelssohn; and Quintet in G major for two violins, viola, cello and bass, op. 77, by Antonin Dvorak. Double bassist Xavier Foley will accompany Calidore’s musicians – violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry and cellist Estelle Choi – in the quintet.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s free online concert series features an introduction by the organization’s co-artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han and an interview with the quartet during the intermission.

The program is part of the 2020-2021 season of the Center for the Performing Arts “Up Close and Virtual”. Contributions from center members and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make the program free.

Calidore’s name represents the “golden state” of California and its respect for diversity in the quartet’s hometown of Los Angeles. In October, the quartet released their second album, “Babel,” which features works by Robert Schumann, Dmitry Shostakovich and Caroline Shaw, alumnus of the Center for the Performing Arts. Calidore, praised by a Los Angeles Times critic for the intuitive balance between “intellect and expression” of his musicians, celebrated his 10e anniversary during the 2019-2020 season by honoring the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven with performances of his string quartets.

Finckel and Han previously performed at the Center for the Performing Arts as a duet in 2005, and with violinist Philip Setzer in 2017 and 2018 for the Beethoven piano trios. Finckel also performed at Penn State – in 1990, 2002, and 2009 – when he was a member of the Emerson String Quartet.