March 05, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Britain's world-renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be in residence at Bucknell University March 16 to 28.

The quartet will give three concerts, meet with classes and present workshops during their residency. The concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The Quartet's residency is being jointly organized and hosted by faculty in the Department of Music and the School of Management. Historically, members of the Fitzwilliam have guest lectured in MGMT 101, sharing lessons about team dynamics, creativity, and leadership.

This year's visit continues that tradition and includes additional programming for students in arts entrepreneurship, a minor that bridges the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Management. The residency has been co-sponsored by the Offices of the President and the Provost and the School of Management.

"We are thrilled to have the Fitzwilliam return again to Lewisburg," said Barry Hannigan, professor of music at Bucknell. "They have been here many times, of course, and this marks the 37th anniversary of their first visit. Their arrival is always a landmark for our concert season."

The concert program includes:

  • Wednesday, March 18, in Bucknell Hall at 7:30 p.m.; Fantasias by Purcell/M. Barcham-Stevens; Art of Fugue No. 1 by Bach; Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart; Meditation on the St. Wenceslas Chorale by Suk; and Seven Last Words with readings by Haydn.
  • Wednesday, March 25, in the Weis Center Lobby at 7:30 p.m.; Quartet in E. flat, Op. 74 "Harp" by Beethoven; Flute Quartet in A major by Mozart, with Mary Hannigan, flute; and Quartet in E flat, Op. 127 by Beethoven.
  • Friday, March 27, in Bucknell Hall at 7:30 p.m.; Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger, with Barry Hannigan, piano; Tide Purl by Liz Johnson; Quartet No. 4 by Carl Nielsen; and Piano Quintet by Dvorak.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet are: original member of the quartet Alan George, viola; Lucy Russell, violin; Marcus Barcham-Stevens, violin; and Heather Tuach, violoncello. 

Founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the Fitzwilliam first became well known through their close personal association with Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the Western premières of his last three quartets.

Among the longest established string quartets in the world, the Fitzwilliam remains one of the few quartets to play on both historical and modern instrument set-ups.

Quartet-in-residence at the Universities of York and Warwick, they also were affiliate artists at Bucknell from 1978 to 1986, returning to campus on a regular basis beginning in 1998 and, most recently, the last three years.