Vermeer Quartet to perform three works in NIU concert

By Matt Michalek

NIU’s critically-acclaimed Vermeer String Quartet will perform its third concert of the season tonight.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The quartet is made up of professors from the NIU music department. They are cellist Marc Johnson, violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, Richard Young on the viola and Pierre Menard, violin.

The quartet has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. It has achieved international status as one of the world’s best chamber music ensembles. The quartet also has recorded works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert.

This concert is part of the “Music at Northern” series, which has included the quartet each year. The series gives the public a chance to hear world-renown musicians.

The quartet will play three works: the Quartet Op.33 No.6 in A major by Boccherini; the Piano Quintet Op.1 in C minor by Dohnanyi, in which NIU professor Donald Walker will be the guest pianist and “Anachronisms,” a new work written by NIU faculty member and composer Jan Bach.