Music in the Lounge: Penderecki String Quartet

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Event Details

In partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music, Join us for a special FREE concert featuring the renowned Penderecki String Quartet.

The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail). Their recent schedule has included concerts in New York (Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Los Angeles (REDCAT at Disney Hall), St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, and China. The PSQ champions music of our time, performing a wide range of repertoire from Haydn to Zappa as well as premiering over 100 new works to date. Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity”, the PSQ’s diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich (Eclectra and Marquis labels) and their recently released Bartok cycle. They enter their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario

Jeremy Bell | violin
Katie Schlaikjer | cello
Jerzy Kaplanek | violin
Christine Vlajk | viola


About Laurier@KPL

Laurier’s Faculty of Music and Kitchener Public Library are excited to team up to present this series of free mini-concerts this fall. The special Laurier@KPL music concerts are part of the library’s popular “Music in the Lounge” program. All music performances take place in the reading lounge at Kitchener’s award-winning Central Library, located at 85 Queen Street North. 

For Laurier, it’s all about reaching out to the community. “An important part of what we do at Laurier is to serve the needs of the wider community” says Glen Carruthers, Dean, Laurier Faculty of Music. “We have over 500 music students and over 60 full-time and part-time faculty who are always looking for ways to engage new audiences. This partnership with Kitchener Public Library provides an ideal outreach opportunity for our outstanding students and faculty.”

For the public library, the partnership with Laurier’s Faculty of Music is an ideal complement to their community outreach efforts as well.

“One of the library’s key strategic goals is to create a vibrant community space where everyone is welcome to learn, work, connect and have fun” says Mary Chevreau, Chief Executive Officer of Kitchener Public Library. “By working together with Laurier’s talented students and faculty to present these high caliber free concerts in one of the most welcoming and accessible spaces in town, everyone wins.”

All the Laurier@KPL performances are free and no tickets or registration is required. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the music!  Here’s the complete fall Laurier@KPL music lineup:

* Thursday, September 13 @ 6:30 pm | Penderecki String Quartet 
* Tuesday, October 9 @ 6:30 pm | Laurier Opera Students  
* Tuesday, November 13 @ 6:30 pm | Laurier Singers, Chamber Choir
* Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:30 pm | Marko Pejanovic, with Anya Alexeyev, piano

Event Type(s): Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Live
Age Group(s): Adults, All Ages