Bu­dapest to Boul­der: the Takács Quar­tet

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The Takács Quar­tet was founded in 1975 by four stu­dents at the Mu­sic Academy in Bu­dapest. Forty years later, two found­ing mem­bers re­main with the group — sec­ond vi­o­lin­ist Károly Schranz and cel­list An­drás Fé­jer — but the other play­ers bring a more in­ter­na­tional fla­vor into the mix: Bri­tish first vi­o­lin­ist Ed­ward Dus­in­berre and Amer­i­can vi­o­list Geral­dine Walther. From its base at the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado in Boul­der, the en­sem­ble per­forms some 90 con­certs an­nu­ally, in­clud­ing a se­ries at the Wig­more Hall in Lon­don, which in 2012 ap­pointed the four­some its first-ever “as­so­ciate artists.” On Thurs­day, April 16, the group ap­pears at 7:30 p.m. at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.) cour­tesy of Per­for­mance Santa Fe. On the pro­gram are Haydn’s Em­peror Quar­tet (Op. 76, No. 3); Beethoven’s First Razu­movsky Quar­tet (Op. 59, No. 1); and the Quar­tet No. 2, subti­tled Op­eras , which the mu­si­cians com­mis­sioned from Amer­i­can com­poser Carter Pann, their col­league on the fac­ulty in Boul­der. Tick­ets ($12.50 to $75) are avail­able through Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org). — James M. Keller

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