Chamber Music Concerts has lined up a special concert by the Tak&

225;cs String Quartet. The group will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, March 14, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.




The evening features an all-Beethoven program: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 no. — "Rasumovsky;" String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130; and the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133.




The Cleveland Plain Dealer stated, "The Tak&

225;cs might play this repertoire better than any other quartet in the past or present."




The Tak&

225;cs Quartet is based in Boulder, Colo., where it has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983. The group was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Tak&

225;cs-Nagy, K&

225;roly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and Andr&

225;s Fej&

233;r, while all four were students. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping joined in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Tapping in the summer of 2005. Of the original ensemble, Karoly Schranz and Andras Fejer remain.




The quartet first received international attention in 1977, winning first prize and the critics' prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The quartet has also won the gold medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and first prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981.




Tak&

225;cs String Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. In addition to the quartet's residency at the University of Colorado, the ensemble is also a resident quartet at the Aspen Music Festival and School.




In 2001, the Tak&

225;cs Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary.




In 2005, the quartet's members were named Associate Artists of the South Bank Center in London.




Now entering its 31st season, the Tak&

225;cs Quartet has performed in virtually every music capital in North America, Europe, Australasia and Japan, as well as at prestigious festivals, including Aspen, Berlin, Cheltenham, City of London, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig Holstein and Tanglewood.




There will be a free pre-concert lecture by musicologist Ed Wight at 7 p.m. in the second-floor choir room of the SOU Music Building. Tickets to the concert are $35 and $40. Call 552-6154.