Mon, Nov 16, 2009 @ 7:30pm Guest Artist: Toby Apel, viola Program: Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13; Robert Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1; intermission; Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-flat major, Op. 87 Fri, Nov 20, 2009 @ 7:30pm Guest Artist: Joyce Yang, piano Program: Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2; Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80; intermission; Robert Schumann: Quintet for Piano & String in E-flat major, Op. 44 As Baruch Performing Arts Center's resident chamber music group and perennial favorite, the Alexander String Quartet returns to BPAC for its 24th season, celebrating the bicentennials of Mendelssohn and Schumann. The Alexander String Quartet has secured its standing among the world's premier ensembles for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich; as well as advocating new music through commissions and premieres. They have released several CDs to critical acclaim, including BMG Classics' nine-CD set of the Beethoven cycle. Their extensive concert calendar has taken them throughout Europe, North America and parts of Asia. Among their many awards and accolades includes the Baruch College Presidential Medal, in recognition of two decades of service. In addition to their performances, the quartet leads an extensive arts education program for the students of Baruch College. The NY Times called them "an unusually fine group - musically, technically, in just about any way one wants to view it"; and the Washington Post commented "The Alexander String Quartet combines the spark of youth with a singleness of purpose... superlative accounts of Beethoven, Bartók and Mendelssohn."