Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet wows Radford with classical and modern music performances

On Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018, Radford University students, faculty, staff, and alumni were treated to a performance of the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet. A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered in Bondurant Auditorium to take in the rich, unique sounds of the talented quartet. The group featured a rare combination of strings and keys as their primary forms of instrumentation. Attendees were delighted by a nuanced performance ranging from classical to modern pieces including composers such as Mozart, Mahler, and Schumann. The quartet also featured a debut performance of a composition by famous film composer Danny Elfman, which was the first time the piece had ever been performed for a live audience in the United States.


The performance was sponsored by the Arts Society of Radford University and RARE, the Radford Association of Retired Employees. Prior to the show, a business meeting and reception was held where members of the sponsoring groups discussed future performances and exhibits that will be available for the community. Margaret Devaney, Dean of Radford’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, expressed her excitement about the performance and thanked the many individuals whose work contributed to the success of the event.

Dean Devaney speaks to members of the Art Society at the opening reception.
Dean Devaney speaks to members of the Art Society at the opening reception.

The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet was the third installment of Radford’s 2017 – 2018 University Performance Series, which so far has brought the Festival of South African Dance and the National Player’s Production of Othello to the campus and community. The fourth and final production for this year’s series will be a live performance of NPR’s Mountain Stage, on April 8th at 7:30 p.m. at Bondurant Auditorium.

Feb 12, 2018
Jason Hutchens, Ed.D.