Perspectives on Bartók’s Second Quartet

April 10, 2024 (Wednesday) - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Kislak Center Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut St.
University of Pennsylvania

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Featuring Daedalus Quartet with a preconcert talk at 6:15 PM by Lynn Hooker

In the third concert of our survey of Béla Bartók’s six quartets, we explore Bartók’s Second Quartet in the context of Orientalism, Arabic influences and musical nationalism with an introductory talk by Lynn Hooker, professor of music at Purdue University and author of Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók.


Lynn M. Hooker is Associate Professor of Music in the Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University. She studies music, identity, heritage, and markets in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century Eastern Europe, particularly in Hungarian-speaking areas. Her book Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. She has published on music and modernism, nationalism, race, and popular and folk culture, in (among other places) Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology of East Europe Review, The Cambridge Companion to Operetta, Twentieth-Century Music, and European Meetings in Ethnomusicology. Since 2000 she has conducted fieldwork in Europe and North America in Hungarian folk and popular music scenes, with a focus on Romani performers. Her current project, funded by the National Endowment of Humanities, Fulbright, Indiana University, and Purdue University, addresses the transformation of Hungary’s “Gypsy music” industry since the mid-twentieth century, using oral history interviews and archival research.


The Daedalus Quartet has served as the University of Pennsylvania's resident string quartet since 2006. Internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost chamber ensembles performing today, the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world's leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performances series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston's Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad, the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as teh Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. While at Penn, the Daedalus has also achieved renown for its investigations of the links between music and other fields of human endeavor, including neuroscience, literature, theater, and social dynamics. In addition to working closely with student performers and composers, the quartet also brings live music to the classroom at Penn, performing the great works of the repertoire and discussing their relevance to the modern mind.

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