The Ives Quartet takes its name from American composer Charles Ives, who belongs to what's considered the modern era. But the Bay Area group reaches back in time, too. When they visit UB this weekend, they'll be playing music from all over the map.
Tonight, the four musicians are going to be playing Beethoven, as part of the prestigious Slee Beethoven Quartet Series. The program includes the Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, and the Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2. Because it's the concluding concert of the 2006-07 cycle, the concert takes as its centerpiece the sublime Quartet in F, Op. 135, Beethoven's last quartet. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at Lippes Hall in Slee Hall.
The Ives is making a whole weekend of it at UB. At 1 p.m. Saturday, they'll give a master class in Baird Recital Hall. It's free and open to the public.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the group plays another concert in Lippes Hall. They'll begin with the Quartet No. 1 by Charles Ives, and continue with the Quartet No. 3 by Quincy Porter. After intermission, they'll be joined by acclaimed UB clarinetist Jean Kopperud for Brahms' sensuous, magnificent Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115.
For information on Slee Hall events, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman