RANCHO SAN DIEGO – One of the world’s leading piano quartets is set to perform masterpieces by Gustav Mahler, Gabriel Fauré and Franz Schubert at Cuyamaca College’s Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre on Monday, March 18, when the Fauré Quartet takes the stage for the latest ECHO Chamber Music Series concert.
Comprising pianist Dirk Mommertz, violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Frömbling and cellist Konstantin Heidrich, the Fauré Quartet has earned a reputation as visionaries challenging tradition.
After meeting during their studies in 1995 in Karlsruhe for the 150th anniversary of Gabriel Fauré, members realized this combination could yield new insights into an undiscovered repertoire.
They have since made several critically acclaimed recordings with works by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, not to mention pop songs written by Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.
The quartet showcases its nonconventional approach with international tours, appearing at the world’s leading chamber music venues, such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Wigmore Hall London.
The Fauré Quartet performs at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $15 each, $10 if purchased in advance online, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased by visiting EchoChamberMusic.org or by calling (619) 660-4288.
The ECHO Chamber Music Series is underwritten by Sam Ersan, a vice chairman of the San Diego Symphony Board of Directors, who has helped transform the chamber music landscape in San Diego County through his support of numerous classical musical organizations.
Ersan is a major funder of the Mainly Mozart Festival, the force behind the Sam B. Ersan Chamber Music Fund at UC San Diego and the founder of the Camera Lucida piano quartet and the Myriad Trio. ECHO is an acronym for the East County Harmonics Organization.
Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, 92109.