Oh, to be the best at something. What must that feel like? I’ll never know, but I console myself with this – the best string quartet in the world performs here Nov. 17, and I will hear them. Will the musicians meet my expectations? Your expectations? Is it possible, at every performance, to live up to a reputation of being “the best in the world?”
Ben Sung, Fargo-Moorhead’s beloved concertmaster of the FM Symphony and my former partner in running the MSUM Performing Arts Series, wanted the Takács String Quartet (pronounced Talk-osh) to come here, but didn’t expect to find a fee or a date that would work for us.
He did. The Takács is coming. And when you have a chance to hear and see the best in the world (according to the London Guardian, the Boston Globe, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, to name just a few), you should take it, even if your taste runs more to rap than string quartets. Hey, if I had a chance to hear and see the best rapper in the world (who is it, by the way?) I’d take it!
Go to www.mnstate.edu/perform if you’re inclined to learn more, and, if you know what’s good for you, to buy tickets. Check this blog again soon. I hope to get Ben’s comments on why he thinks the Takács is the best in the world.
Note: Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald is the Managing Director of the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series and Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Publicity for the College of Arts and Humanities at MSUM.