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The Penderecki String Quartet, which performs at the Capitol Theatre next week in the latest of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society series, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation.
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The Penderecki String Quartet comes to town next week as part of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society series.

The Penderecki String Quartet, which performs at the Capitol Theatre next week in the latest of the Nelson Overture Concerts Society series, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation.

These four musicians — Jeremy Bell, violin; Jacob Braun, cello; Jerzy Kaplanek, violin; and Christine Vlajk, viola — are from Poland, Canada, and the U.S., and bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that The Globe and Mail says demonstrate “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep.”

The Quartet’s performing schedule takes them annually to the great concert stages of North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Recent appearances include New York, Madrid, Amsterdam, Prague, St. Petersburg, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, and Paris.

The Quartet also appears extensively in Canada, giving numerous performances from coast to coast and participating in this country’s foremost concert series.

Founded in Poland in 1986 at the urging of pre-eminent Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the fruit of their association includes Penderecki’s complete works for string quartet on CD.

The Quartet is a devoted champion of the music of our time, and has performed a wide range of styles from Bach to Brahms, Bartók to Ligeti, Frank Zappa to John Oswald, as well as premiering over 100 new works from numerous composers.

Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity,” the Penderecki Quartet’s large discography includes over 25 recordings.

They will be performing the works of Mozart, Schuloff, and Dvorak at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students.