Philharmonia Quartett Berlin to open Music in the Park Series

The Schubert Club will present Philharmonia Quartett Berlin at the opening concert of the 2012-13 Music in the Park Series on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave. A pre-concert discussion will begin at the church at 3 p.m.

Hailed as “four of the best” by the British press after its debut at Wigmore Hall in London more than two decades ago, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world’s premier string quartets with 20-plus years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography.

The quartet played at the Music in the Park Series several years ago, according to Julie Himmelstrup, Music in the Park artistic director. “We are very excited to invite them back,” she said.

Founded in 1984, the quartet appears regularly at the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie and Wigmore. Annual appearances include performances at the Berlin Festival, Salzburg Festival, Bath Festival, Wigmore Hall, as well as a series of five performances each season presented by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other highlights include an invitation by his Excellence Pope Benedict XVI to perform a private concert at the Vatican.

Members of the quartet include Daniel Stabrawa, violin; Christian Stadelmann, violin; Neithard Resa, viola; and Dietmar Schwalke, cello.

Tickets for the concert are $24 for adults and $12 for student rush. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling 651-292-3268.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Music in the Park is now part of the Schubert Club, an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.

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