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Emerson String Quartet Returns To Houston With A New Cellist

Get the scoop on Emerson’s new cellist and upcoming Houston concert.


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Long-time Houston favorite, the Emerson String Quartet returns to Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30pm for the season-finale concert on the Chamber Music Houston series. Though they’ve been coming here for years, this will be the quartet’s first time to appear in the Bayou City with its new cellist, Paul Watkins, who joined the group in May 2013 to replace David Finckel.

Violist Lawrence Dutton gave the scoop on their upcoming Houston concert and what it’s like to work with “the new guy” in a phone conversation with Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu.

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the nine-time Grammy Award-winning quartet takes its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. For its Chamber Music Houston concert, they’ll perform Haydn’s Quartet in g minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Mozart’s Quartet in E-flat major, K. 428; and Beethoven’s Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky.”


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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