Aug. 15--Emerging string quartets have to build their careers much as solo musicians do, but with the added challenge of keeping four participants coordinated every step of the way -- sort of like a three-legged race magnified into a five-legged race. Formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet wasted no time staking its bona fides. At the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013, the group won the overall first prize plus every other prize on offer, which respectively recognized the best performance of a Haydn quartet, a Schubert quartet, and a composition commissioned for the occasion. The group makes its first Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival appearances this week with repertoire that includes Glazunov's Five Novelettes on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. (at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.); Viktor Ullmann's Quartet No. 3 on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at noon (at the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.); and Beethoven's F-major Quartet, Op. 135, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. (at the Lensic). For tickets ($12-$75, depending on the event), call the festival at 505-982-1890 or 888-221-9836, Ext. 102, or consult ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234).
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