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Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021


Auryn String Quartet makes farewell tour stop with Ein Kleines Haydnfest

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the Auryn Quartet on the occasion of their farewell United States Tour, with a program titled Ein Kleines Haydnfest, this Sunday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Samueli Theatre.

After an outstanding career of four decades as one of classical music’s most sought-after and respected ensembles, Auryn Quartet has decided to retire at the end of 2021. The four musicians who founded the quartet in 1981 – Matthias Lingenfelder, violin; Jens Oppermann, violin; Stewart Eaton, viola; and Andreas Arndt, cello – have all remained with the ensemble and have brought a fresh and pioneering approach to all the genres of music that they’ve performed on the world’s great stages. 

Joining Auryn Quartet for this concert are Armen Guzelimian, piano and Benjamin Howard, baritone. 

The quartet’s long-lasting success is described well in the words of one of Germany’s major presenters: “Those who for 40 years have performed successfully on chamber music and other stages, definitely must have done a lot – if not everything – the right way.”

Auryn String Quartwt ensemble

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Auryn String Quartet

The all-Haydn program includes String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2; Piano Sonata in E-flat Hob/XVI 52 (1794); String Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2; String quartet in F minor, Op. 55, No. 2; Se dal suo braccio opresso (Armida), Sailors Song, She never told her love (Shakespeare); Mai non sia inulto (Orfeo ed Euridice); and String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5. 

Southern California-based pianist Armen Guzelimian has a long-standing personal history with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He has appeared as soloist  with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in chamber music performances at Founders Hall and Samueli Theater, and as collaborator with baritone Thomas Hampson in recital. Guzelimian’s distinguished performances as a brilliant soloist, outstanding chamber musician and collaborator have earned him high acclaim both nationally and internationally. 

Marked as a “standout” (Chicago Tribune), baritone Benjamin Howard has become a young talent to watch. In 2019, he debuted with Pacific Opera Project, performing Pish-Tush in The Mikado. Earlier that year, Howard was named a first-place winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance. Additional highlights include Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods and the Sergeant in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Festival Opera. As a concert soloist, Howard recently performed in LA Opera’s 2019 Opera for Educators series. 

Tickets are on sale at www.scfta.org.

Samueli Theatre is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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