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Meaning in Beethoven's 'Grosse Fuge' April 29, 2009 All Day
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Description On April 29, at 5:30PM, MSRI will host the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet and NPR's Rob Kapilow in a 90 minute program that consists of a discussion and performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, a masterpiece from the composer's late period.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, famed for the beauty and immediacy of its performances of both classical and modern quartet repertoire, is in residence at Stanford University. Rob Kapilow is well known for, among other accomplishments, his popular and exciting "What Makes It Great?'' series of commentaries on NPR. The Quartet and Kapilow will join forces for this exciting program that explores the structure of one of the greatest pieces in classical music.

Though it was dismissed in Beethoven's own time as 'an indecipherable, uncorrected horror', Op. 133 has since been recognized for the landmark work that it is. Stravinsky described it as 'an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever'. Come and join us as a great ensemble and music critic join forces to help the audience deepen its appreciation for this challenging and rewarding work.

This event is free and open to the public.

Parking: Please note that parking in the lot between MSRI and the Space Sciences Lab (SSL) is available free-of-charge after five p.m. The lot is reached from Centennial Drive by turning onto the "Gauss Way" access road that leads to MSRI / SSL. Disabled parking spaces are located at the entrance to MSRI's Chern Hall. Additional parking is available in the Institute's terraced hillside loop of parking spaces (upper two lots), which is accessed directly off Centennial Drive and requires walking up 95+ steps to the MSRI building.

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Public Transportation: On weekdays the H-line Bus -- with stops on the UCB campus -- arrives at MSRI / SSL at 5:21pm and 4:51pm and the final bus of the day departs from MSRI/SSL at 7:15pm; the H-line bus route also stops at downtown Berkeley BART. For the complete schedule, please see:

To read more on The St. Lawrence String Quartet please visit: http://slsq.com/home/index.html
and to read more on Rob Kapilow please visit: http://www.robkapilow.com/

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