Cornell hosts Moscow String Quartet for Music Mondays Nov. 29

MOUNT VERNON — The Moscow String Quartet, one of the first all-women ensembles to play on the international circuit, performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in King Chapel at Cornell College.

This is the second of four concerts in Cornell’s Music Mondays series. General admission is $8 at the door.

The quartet’s program for Cornell features Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces (1914) and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, considered the spiritual heir to Dmitri Shostakovich, described the Moscow String Quartet as “an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament.”

All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute ( Moscow), the quartet formed almost 30 years ago and gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Competition of String Quartets in Budapest, Hungary, and the 1979 International Competition of String Quartets in Evian, France. The quartet has performed in the major concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, as well as venues throughout North America. The quartet is based in Denver.

The remaining concerts in the Music Mondays series are the female vocal ensemble Tapestry on Feb. 21 and the saxophone group Prism Quartet on March 14.