Texas Tech Faculty String Quartet Performs Beethoven Series

The three-part series begins Sept. 30.

The Texas Tech University Faculty String Quartet is performing a three-part series of Beethoven’s early string quartets. The first concert is at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 30) at The Legacy Event Center located at 1500 14th St.

“We are excited and feel very fortunate to be able to share this series of Beethoven’s early string quartets with the Lubbock community,” assistant professor of viola Kimberly Sparr said. “We’d like to encourage listeners to dig in, explore the score and get to know these pieces on an intimate level.”

The Faculty String Quartet includes Annie Chalex Boyle and John Gilbert, violins; Kimberly Sparr, viola; and Jeffrey Lastrapes, cello. Sparr said all six Opus 18 String Quartets are excellent examples of Beethoven’s compositional mastery and musical expression.

The remaining performances in the series take place Nov. 25 at St. Paul’s on the Plains Episcopal Church and April 9 at Hemmle Recital Hall, both at 8 p.m. Performing these quartets in three different venues over the course of the year adds another dimension to experiencing chamber music in a variety of settings.

Each concert features two string quartets composed by Beethoven. Admission is free and open to the public.

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CONTACT: Kimberly Sparr, assistant professor of viola, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270 or k.sparr@ttu.edu