The 2015-2016 Season

 Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Sat, Sept. 19, 2015
 Pinchas Zukerman, violin 
 Angela Cheng, piano

Sun, Sept. 20, 2015
 Angela Cheng, piano

Sat, Oct. 3, 2015
 Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
 Reiko Uchida, piano

Sun, Nov. 8, 2015
 Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
 David Deveau, piano

Sat, Nov. 14, 2015
 Montrose Trio
 Parker, Beaver & Greensmith

Fri, Dec. 11, 2015
 Juilliard String Quartet

Sat, Dec. 12, 2015
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Astrid Schween, cello

Sat, Jan. 16, 2016
 Shanghai Quartet

Sun, Jan. 17, 2016
 Shanghai Quartet
 David Small, baritone

Fri, Jan 22, 2016
 David Small, baritone
 Steve Wogaman, piano

Sat, Feb. 6, 2016
 Richard Goode, piano
Sun, Mar. 13, 2016

Fri, Mar. 18, 2016
 Quatuor Ébène
 Jazz Program
Sat, Mar. 19, 2016
 Quatuor Ébène
 Classical Program

Sat, Apr. 9, 2016
 Musicians from Marlboro

Fri, May 13, 2016
 Alon Goldstein, piano


Sat, May 14, 2016
 Ariel Quartet
 Alon Goldstein, piano

1 Juilliard String Quartet (Midtown)

Juilliard String Quartet

Wayne State University Concert Chorale

Noah Horn, Director

Mark Stryker, moderator

Friday, December 11, 2015, 8PM

Schaver Recital Hall at Wayne State University
480 W Hancock in Midtown Detroit

Since its founding almost 70 years ago, the Juilliard String Quartet has remained one of the world’s leading string quartets, recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new.

Among the Juilliard’s proudest achievements is its recordings of the complete string quartets of Elliott Carter, a project that has spanned most of the quartet’s seven decades as an ensemble, beginning with its classic 1951 recording of the First Quartet.  The Juilliard Quartet members were not only long-time champions of Elliott Carter, they were his Manhattan neighbors, Juilliard School faculty colleagues, and decades-long friends.

In this concert, the Juilliard focuses on the monumental Quartet No. 1 and invites the audience to become more familiar with the composer and the piece through discussion, demonstration and a performance that will speak to the Juilliard’s passionate advocacy of one of the 20th century's most important composers.

Also on the program is the Wayne State University Concert Chorale under its new director, Noah Horn, performing two early choral works by Carter set to poems of Emily Dickinson, “Musicians Wrestle Everywhere” and “Heart Not So Heavy as Mine.”


In 1991, in celebration of its 45th anniversary, the Juilliard String Quartet released recordings of Elliott Carter’s string quartets. From left: Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, Carter, Joel Krosnick, and Samuel Rhodes.  (Photo by Don Hunstein/Sony Music)


"The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history. Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy; the Juilliard seems completely revitalized. After 68 years, it may be just hitting its stride.  - The Boston Globe

Carter: Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
Carter: Heart Not so Heavy as Mine
   (Wayne State University Chorale)
Carter: String Quartet No. 1
   (Juilliard String Quartet)

Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker will join the Juilliard String Quartet members onstage to moderate a discussion and take questions from the audience.

The 2015-16 Midtown Series is made possible with support from the National Endowement for the Arts.

Joel Krosnick, who celebrates his 42nd and final season as cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet in 2015-16, occupies the Cindy and Harold Datich Endowed Chair in Cello Performance.

Watch & Listen


This video depicts rare rehearsal footage of the Juilliard in person with Eliott Carter rehearsing one of his later works, Quartet No. 5. 

Special Note: For your convenience, parking options for this performance can be accessed here.