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JAN 2017 27 FRI 8 pm
Chamber Music | U.S.A.
Ensō String QuartetDepartment of Music's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
  • Sec A $59
  • Sec B $45
  • UCSD Student $9
ArtTalk Bites & Beverages


Named “one of the eminent string quartets of our era” by Classical Voice, the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the front rank of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet quickly went on to win numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artist Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet competition. Derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle, enso represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit.

Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2; Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi; Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major; Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade


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Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft at 7 pm.

Bites & Beverages

Our partner restaurant, Zanzibar at The Loft, offers constantly changing menu selections as well as adventurous wine and beer options to keep you comfortably satiated. Zanzibar will be opened at 6 pm for dining. Food will be served until 7:45 pm.


The closest parking structure is Gilman Parking Structure located at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Russell Lane. Parking permit pay stations are located on every level.


Jon and Bobbie Gilbert; Eric Lasley and Judith Bachner