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LA Concert Association to open its season Sept. 28 with Brentano String Quartet

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An esteemed string quartet and a Cliburn gold medalist will join forces to open the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 73rd season on Sept. 28 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Artists in residence at Princeton University for many years and currently at Yale University, the quartet is also the collaborative ensemble at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo is the first Korean to win a Cliburn gold medal.  In 2005, he made his recital and orchestral debuts in Seoul before moving to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He earned subsequent degrees at Juilliard and at the Mannes School of Music and currently studies with Berndt Goetzkeat the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.

Since his victory in Fort Worth, he has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

It was at the Cliburn Competition in 2017 that the Brentano and Sunwoo first played together. In the final round of that competition, six finalists were required to perform a chamber work with the Brentano. A masterful account of Dvořák’s Op. 81 piano quintet solidified Sunwoo’s claim to the gold medal.  Reunited in Los Alamos for the first time since the competition, the Brentano and Sunwoo will reprise that performance.

Sunwoo will also play two solo works from his competition repertoire, Percy Granger’s Ramble on the Last Love-Duet from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss and La Valse by Maurice Ravel.  Rounding out the program, the Brentano will play Bartok’s Quartet No.2, op. 17.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets may sell quickly. Tickets are available at the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe, in Los Alamos at CB Fox and Smith’s Marketplace and at Smith’s in White Rock or electronically at ticketssantafe.com.

Tickets at the door are $40. Continuing a long Los Alamos Concert Association tradition, free tickets for students ages 6-18 are available at Los Alamos outlets and at the door.

Visit LACA’s web site at losalamosconcert.org for more information.