The Westport Arts Center continues its tradition of bringing the best of international talent to Fairfield County with a special concert by the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. at the Arts Center.

The Boston Globe wrote of the Quartet, “The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history…” and The Broad Street Review stated, “The Juilliard still plays, magically, like a single four-voiced instrument, and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world.”

For this performance, the Juilliard String Quartet will perform a program including Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127, Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op.74, No.3 (“Rider”), and Scottish composer James MacMillan’s String Quartet No.2, “Why is this night different?” (1998).

The performance is generously sponsored by Joyce Pauker.

Alexander Platt, the curator for the Westport Arts Center’s 2017-18 Concert Series, will serve as a guide for concert attendees, and will share his perspective and insights at the performance.

Platt stated, “Over the years, the Juilliard Quartet has built a special relationship with Westport, and every appearance at the Arts Center is truly a special occasion. With their very gifted new cellist, Astrid Schween — who I’m thrilled to say is also working with some of our finest young musicians here as well — I can’t wait to hear this new iteration of our grandest of American ‘legacy’ quartets, as they fuse new life into classics of Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a bracing new work by one of Great Britain’s great living composers.”

The performances of the Juilliard String Quartet continue to inspire audiences around the world exhibiting unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor. Founded in 1946 – and widely known as “the quintessential American string quartet” – the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement with the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works. This provides for a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.

Each performance of the Juilliard Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

The concert will take place in the context of the visually stunning What Keeps Mankind Alive and The Last Library exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, featuring the works of Ward Shelley and his collaboration partner Douglas Paulson.

The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU for their generous support. WSHU serves as the exclusive media sponsor for the performance.

To learn more about the Juilliard String Quartet concert or the 2017-18 Concert Series, please visit or call 203/222-7070.

Ticket Information

 The Westport Arts Center encourages advance registration. Tickets for the Juilliard String Quartet concert are $40 for WAC members and $50 for non-members if purchased in advance. All tickets purchased at door are $60/ticket.

Free Companion Tickets are also available for Seniors ages 65+; each ticket purchase of $50 includes a free companion ticket (a two-for-one!).

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.




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