Payne Memorial Concert: Calidore String Quartet Gabriela Montero, piano - UGA Performing Arts Center
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“The Calidore players penetrate right to the heart of the music, giving warm and intensely lyrical accounts.”—BBC Music Magazine

“Montero’s sound is almost miraculously sumptuous and luscious; her phrasing gives a sense of both extension and suspension.”—Ottawa Citizen

The Calidore String Quartet is recognized for formidable interpretations of the vast chamber music repertoire, from the quartet cycles of Beethoven and Mendelssohn to celebrated contemporary voices. Mentored by the Emerson Quartet, David Finckel, and other luminaries, the group has quickly established itself as one of America’s most exciting and promising young string ensembles.

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and improvisation skills, Montero brings “crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power…soulful lyricism…[and] unsentimental expressivity” to her performances (New York Times).

Free admission (tickets required). General admission seating.

Presented as part of the American Liszt Society Festival

Hodgson Concert Hall (View Seating Chart)

230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605


Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello
Gabriela Montero, piano


GABRIELA MONTERO: Piano Quintet (Co-commissioned by the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center)
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

Supported by

Donald Schneider