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Return of the Strings

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When the Emerson String Quartet performs at Oberlin College tonight, it marks a homecoming of sorts. Violinist Philip Setzer, a Cleveland native, heard a recital at Oberlin in the mid-'70s that prompted him to move to New York City. There, he met Eugene Drucker, and together they co-founded Emerson. "In a way, we got our start at Oberlin," says Setzer. Tonight's concert is one of the rare times that the Grammy-winning quartet performs as a trio. Violist Lawrence Dutton is recovering from surgery, so the program is filled with works such as Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, designed for three players rather than four. "We don't get to [do this] very often," says Setzer. "I'm looking forward to it."
Sat., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.

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