Sarasota Concert Association presents The Takács Quartet March 16 at Riverview Performing Arts Center

The concert is a rare opportunity for area audiences to see this extraordinary group perform for the last time with two of its founding members.

Recognized as one of the most expressive ensembles in the string quartet world, the Takács Quartet brings its unique blend of musical drama, warmth and humor back to Sarasota.

“The Takács Quartet stands at the peak of its powers – at the peak of its profession.”

– The Boston Globe


“The consummate artistry of the Takács is simply breathtaking.”

– The Guardian


(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series season continues with the return of the renowned Takács Quartet, Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, in Sarasota. The evening’s program includes Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 (“Spring”), Dohnányi’s String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor. Individual tickets are $30 to $72. Tickets and information for the Great Performers Series are available by calling 941-225-6500 or online at

The Takács Quartet, now entering its 43rd season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times described a recent concert: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.”

Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs 80 concerts annually worldwide. Known for its diverse and innovative programming, the Quartet performed Philip Roth’s “Everyman” program with Meryl Streep at Princeton in 2014, and again with her at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2015. They have toured with the poet Robert Pinsky, collaborate regularly with the Hungarian Folk group Muzsikas and, in 2010, collaborated with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on a drama project that explored the composition of Beethoven’s last quartets. In 2012, they were the sole string quartet to be inducted into the Grammophone Hall of Fame.

There is also a major change in store for the ensemble. After a distinguished career, founding second violinist Károly Schranz is retiring from Takács in May.

“This concert is a rare opportunity for Sarasota audiences to see this extraordinary group perform for the last time with two of its founding members,” says Joy McIntyre, president of the Sarasota Concert Association.

Sarasota Concert Association’s 2018 Great Performers Series concludes with the return of acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned for his performances with major symphony orchestras throughout the world, as well as for his chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Young Uck Kim and his longtime friend Yo-Yo Ma (April 3, at the Van Wezel).

Five of the six Great Performers Series concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The March 16th concert is at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way in Sarasota. For tickets, call 941-225-6500 or visit


About the Sarasota Concert Association

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that fosters greater appreciation for world-class classical music by offering the community two engaging programs from December to April. The Great Performers Series, in its 73rd season, brings world-renowned orchestras and chamber groups to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Music Matinee Series features outstanding regional artists in free community concerts at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Hall and other venues. For more information about SCA, visit