Muir String Quartet to open Beethoven Cycle series, Nov. 14

The Performing Arts Series at RIC welcomes back The Muir String Quartet for the first in a six-part series of Beethoven concerts on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Over this season and next, the quartet – which will appear at the college for the 19th consecutive year – will perform the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. The Nov. 14 concert will include String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1, and String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.

Founded in 1979, Muir continues to thrive as one of the premier string quartets in the country, appearing annually in major chamber music series throughout North America and Europe.

In residence at Boston University since 1983, Muir provides master classes at Curtis, Eastman, Oberlin and Rice, and is the resident chamber ensemble at the Deer Valley Festival, where the ensemble runs the Emerging Quartets and Composers residency with composer Joan Tower.

Muir’s latest endeavor is performing as part of the newly formed Montana Chamber Music Society, the first such statewide society in America.

The Boston Globe has praised Muir for its “exhilarating involvement,” while the San Francisco Examiner extolled its “impeccable voicing and intonation.”


Tickets for the Muir String Quartet are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.