When the Artemis Quartet performs in Shaker Heights tonight, its not just giving listeners an earful of solid classical music. Its also making the world a bit safer. You wouldnt do this if there wasnt this reward, says cellist Eckart Runge. To touch people, to communicate, to reach people -- so they wont go out and kill each other. This profession gives so much back.
The Berlin ensemble's four musicians reinvent classical music for modern audiences. Their widely acclaimed CDs include tunes by Brahms, Mozart, and Verdi. Runge credits their success to their tight relationship. Its like a marriage, he says. The things we work on are so emotional.
Tonights program includes Anton Weberns Five Pieces and Six Bagatelles, as well as works by Artemis beloved Brahms. We want people to get goose bumps, says Runge. We want to make then shiver, make them happy, make them cry. All emotions.
Fri., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.