The world-famous Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the University at Buffalo is celebrating by inviting three of the world's greatest quartets to perform. In late October, the legendary Guarneri Quartet will arrive for two concerts and a master class. In the spring, we'll be seeing the Tokyo String Quartet.
And the series starts in high style next weekend with two concerts by the Muir Quartet. No stranger to the Slee series, the Muir musicians have shown themselves to be consistently excellent. Led by the colorful violinist Peter Zazofsky, they bring out the depth and excitement of Beethoven's music. Their performance of the thorny "Grosse Fuge" won a standing ovation from the Slee listeners, who really know the repertoire.
Next Friday, the Muir will play the Quartet in E Flat, Op. 127; the Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1; and one of the "Razumovsky" quartets, the Quartet in C, Op. 59, No. 3.
On Sept. 24, the program features the exquisite "Harp" Quartet, Op. 74; the Quartet in G, Op. 18, No. 2 and the Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131.
The concerts take place at 8 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall on UB's North Campus. Both evenings include a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. Next Friday will feature a talk by a UB faculty member, while the talk Sept. 24 will be with the visiting artists.
Admission to either concert is $15, with discounts for students and seniors.
For information, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman