A long way from their 1995 origins at Oberlin Conservatory, and clutching a slew of national and international awards, the Miró Quartet lands at Rice Universitys Shepherd School tonight with a transatlantic tour of string music. Named after the artist Joan Miró (and inspired in particular by her originality), the quartet consists of violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele. Theyll open with Beethovens String Quartet in C Minor -- thought by many to most fully demonstrate the composers utter mastery of the string quartet -- and then theyll jump ahead a century to the first string quartet of American composer Charles Ives, an austere piece called A Revival Service. Antonin Dvoráks American, which the Czech composer wrote while living briefly in Iowa, ends the evening in the heartland.
Tue., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2007