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Friday, October 26 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Aizuri Quartet

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Winners of the University of Michigan's 2018 M Prize Competition, the Aizuri quartet's UMS debut program features an interesting mix of composers, including Komitas Vartabed (1869-1935), an exquisitely talented Armenian composer whose music has become an enduring symbol of home and identity for a people separated from their homeland (he spent the last 20 years of his life in an asylum, driven mad by the conditions of the Armenian genocide); Béla Bartók’s second string quartet, a journey of emotional extremes that is based on folk music from his homeland; and two works written specifically for the Aizuri Quartet, Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, inspired by the same woodblock printing that inspired the Aizuri’s name, and Paul Wiancko’s LIFT.

Friday October 26, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT