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March 8, 2002 Press Contact: Cathy Sweitzer
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Exclusive Season Appearance of the Takács String Quartet and Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky at the University of Chicago Presents

The University of Chicago Presents will continue its season highlighting music and poetry with the Takács String Quartet performing a program with America’s Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky on Friday, April 12, 2002 at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall. The theme will be “love” in all its permutations: from blissful joy to heartbreak. “All the World for Love” is a unique collaboration of music and spoken word. Ticket prices are $29 (student price $11, with valid ID). A free pre-concert discussion between Michael Kannen and Robert Pinsky is available to ticket holders at 7 p.m. in Mandel Hall. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call (773) 702-8068, or visit us online at

The program is as follows:

  • “All the World for Love”
    Poem: “Eros Turannos” by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Janacek Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” — 4 movements
    • First Movement
      Poem, “The Good Morrow” by John Donne
    • Second Movement
      Poem, “Wild Nights” by Emily Dickinson
    • Third Movement
      Poem, “Love Song” by William Carlos Williams
    • Fourth Movement
      Poem, “His Excuse for Loving” by Ben Jonson
      Poem, “To Earthward” by Robert Frost
      Poem from “Georgics III” by P. Virgilius Maro, tr. Robert Pinsky
  • Barber “Adagio”
    Poem, “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Yeats
    Poem, “Mock Orange” by Louis Gluck
  • Britten Third Quartet
    Poem, “The Want Bone” by Robert Pinsky


Founded in 1975, the Takács Quartet is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished string quartets. The members include Edward Dusinberre, violin, Károly Schranz, violin, Roger Tapping, viola and Andráw Fejér, cello. The quartet is based in Boulder, Colorado, where it has held a Residency at the University of Colorado since 1983. The Takács is also a Resident Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival and its members are Visiting Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

During the 2001-2002 season, the Takács Quartet will perform over forty concerts in the United States and tour extensively in Europe. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is joining the Takács Quartet for a fifteen-city concert tour culminating at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Quartet’s recording of the Bartok cycle received the Gramophone “Chamber Music Recording of the Year” award in 1998, and in 1999, it was nominated for a Grammy. Its subsequent recordings for Decca/London, with which it signed an exclusive recording contract in 1988, includes the Schubert “Trout” Quintet (Grammy nominee, 2000); and the ensemble’s latest recording featuring Dvorak’s Quartet Op. 51 and the Piano Quintet Op. 81, both with pianist Andreas Haefliger.


Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), is the poetry editor of the online journal Slate and a contributor to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1965-1995 published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1996, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and also received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Antaeus, The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The Harper American Literature, The Harvard Book of Contemporary Poetry and The Vintage Book of Contemporary Poetry, Best Poems of 1990, Best Poems of 1991, and Best Poems of 1992. Before Boston University he taught at Wellesley and Berkeley, and from 1979 to 1986 he was poetry editor of The New Republic.





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This performance will take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., on the University of Chicago campus. There is free parking nearby, and the venue is handicapped accessible. Please allow extra time for parking as there will be many visitors on campus April 12, 2002. Persons with disabilities or who are in need of assistance should call (773) 702-8068 prior to the event. Further information on the University of Chicago Presents and this season’s performances can be found at or by sending email to

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