An ambitious four-year project supported by
Arts & Lectures and a variety of international partners
- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Danish String Quartet, The Doppelgänger Project, Part I
- Introducing Doppelgänger, an ambitious four-year project supported by Arts & Lectures and a variety of international partners
- Two Programs: October and April (Part II)
- Project pairs world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, including “Death and the Maiden” and the “Rosamunde” quartet
- On each program, the quartet will perform a premiere with its doppelgänger – the Schubert quartet or quintet that inspired it.
- Schubert: String Quartet in G major, D. 887
- Bent Sørensen: Doppelgänger
- Schubert (arr. Danish String Quartet): Der Doppelgänger
- The performance is part of the Chamber Arts series, featured in the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
- Thursday, October 14 / 7:00 p.m. Pacific at Rockwood, 670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara
- $50 : General Public / $10 : UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
- Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination must be presented for entry to the event, and masks must be worn at all times inside the venue. Visit https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/SeasonFAQs/ for updates and further details.
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“Combining the old with the new, the Danish String Quartet have set sail on a joyous voyage. With a relaxed and easy demeanour, their communication is direct. Through this Doppelgänger project reconciliation between both languages may be eased. And certainly – wow! Sørensen’s work will surely assimilate into the classic repertoire. What a start to such an innovative and wide-ranging endeavour. – Rose Dodd, Bachtrack.com, September 20, 2021
UCSB Arts & Lectures is pleased to present Danish String Quartet The Doppelgänger Project, Part I
Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific at Rockwood, 670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara. They will perform music developed through an ambitious four-year project supported by Arts & Lectures and a variety of international partners. The performance is part of the Chamber Arts series, featured in the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
The project pairs world premieres from four renowned composers with chamber music masterpieces by Schubert, including “Death and the Maiden” and the “Rosamunde” quartet. On each program, the quartet will perform a premiere with its doppelgänger – the Schubert quartet or quintet that inspired it. Learn more about The Doppelgänger Project: https://danishquartet.com/danish-string-quartet-presents-sublime-schubert-and-sorensen-pairing/
Schubert: String Quartet in G major, D. 887
Bent Sørensen: Doppelgänger
Schubert (arr. Danish String Quartet): Der Doppelgänger
ABOUT DANISH STRING QUARTET
Danish String Quartet find themselves at the core of the classical music world. On a daily basis, they delve into works by great masters such as Beethoven and Mozart, but they also play the occasional folk music gig. Over the years they have been fortunate to study in many different places, in masterclasses with renowned teachers and have had opportunities to perform in major concert halls across the world, attend competitions and record their music.
The quartet is composed of three Danes, Rune, Asbjørn, Frederik and one Norwegian, cellist, Frederik, making this a truly Scandinavian endeavor. Being relatively bearded, they are often compared to the Vikings. The three Danes met very early in their lives in the Danish countryside at a summer camp for enthusiastic amateur musicians. Not yet teenagers, they were the youngest players, so they hung out all the time playing football and chamber music together. They were regular kids with an above average interest in classical chamber music and quickly became, and still are, best friends.
In 2001, professor Tim Frederiksen of The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen started coaching the boys on a regular basis. All of the sudden, at the ages of 15 and 16, they were a serious string ensemble; it all happened so fast that none of them seemed to notice the transition. Time passed and they grew up; grew beards. None of them have any memory of their lives without the string quartet.
In 2008 Fredrik, a Norwegian cellist, joined the group. He looked like a character from Game of Thrones, and the three Danes thought he was a perfect match. During his free time, Fredrik can be found fixing or sailing his OE32 sailboat somewhere in Scandinavia.
Other interests of the quartet include vintage cars, cooking, gaming, reading, playing, talking, scuba diving, playing tennis, and being dads of babies and toddlers. Yes, playing string quartets is their job, and yes, it is hard work, but they mostly do it for pleasure, like they always did. “Music is a way to hang out with friends, and we hope we can continue to hang out for many, many years.”
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Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.
A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx
ABOUT UCSB ARTS & LECTURES
Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.
This presentation is part of the UCSB A&L Speaking with Pico series.
$50 : General Public $10 : UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
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UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.