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Emerson String Quartet to perform last Chicago show at DePaul

Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet performs at DePaul's Holtschneider Performance Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. (Photo courtesy of Jürgen Frank)
A remarkable 47-year run is coming to an end in summer 2023 for the world-famous Emerson String Quartet. Now in its final tour together as a group, the quartet will make one last stop in Chicago at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at DePaul’s Holtschneider Performance Center.

Emerson String Quartet, named “America’s greatest quartet” by TIME magazine, is one of the most celebrated classical music quartets of all time. The ensemble is the recipient of not only the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s coveted “Ensemble of the Year” Award, but also nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album) and three Gramophone Awards.

Tickets are still available for purchase at the concert website, including $15 tickets for faculty and staff and $5 for students.

In addition to the performance, Philip Setzer, violinist with the Quartet, will be coaching several student chamber ensembles the afternoon of the performance. The string master class begins at 1 p.m. in Allen Recital Hall at Holtschneider Performance Center and is free and open to the public.

“When we bring world-class professional ensembles to DePaul, the greatest impact is on our students, who have a unique opportunity to not just hear the ensembles live, but to interact with the players on several levels,” says Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the School of Music. “They can talk with them individually and even participate in a master class. There’s an educational component to every ensemble’s visit to the School of Music. Our students have a chance to work with ensembles that have reached the highest levels of professional success.”

Friday, Feb. 25
1-2:30 p.m.
Allen Recital Hall, Holtschenider Performance Center​

Friday, Feb. 25
8 p.m.
Gannon Concert Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center
$35 standard; $20 seniors (65+); $15 DePaul faculty & staff; $5 students