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Weekend Planner: Music

Escher String Quartet

Escher String Quartet

A classical music ensemble celebrated for a “dark ambrosial brew all its own” (Boston Globe) and as “one of the top young quartets before the public today” (Washington Post), the Escher String Quartet will be at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall Saturday night for a program that includes Mozart’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428 (the third of his six “Hayden quartets”), Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 3 (“a work that runs the gamut from austerity to buffoonery, frenzy to serenity”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (aka “the Mount Everest of the quartet literature”).

8 p.m. A “concert conversation” featuring quartet members discussing the program with WFCR’s John Montanari, is at 7 p.m. in nearby Earle Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Music in Deerfield series. Advance: $28 general; $5 students under 18; $10 for accompanying adults and students 18 and over. At the door: $32, $5, $10. 774-4200, musicindeerfield.org.

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