We live in the golden age of string quartets, with countless acclaimed ensembles crisscrossing the globe. Even amid this richness, though, the Danish String Quartet stands out.
The musicians -- violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen; violist Asbjørn Nørgaard; and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin -- have a reputation for trailblazing. The new music they seek out piques the interest of critics. Audiences get a kick out of their Scandinavian appearance. When the group appeared on NPR's "Tiny Desk" concert series, the station noted wryly: "An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set."
The Danish String Quartet is coming to Buffalo courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. They are bringing a repertoire that is predictably and entertainingly mixed, music described as joyfully buoyant. The quartet is exploring two versions of a similar thematic idea by Mozart and the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann. Mozart's ebullient "Hunt" Quartet will be followed by a Hunt Quartet by Widmann. The performance ends with a full set of Scandinavian folk music.
The Danish String Quartet: 8 p.m. April 10 in Kleinhans Music Hall's Mary Seaton Room. Tickets are $25. (462-4939, bflochambermusic.org)