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WHAT TO DO IN SIENA: Classical Music December 7, 2012

The musicians of the Quartetto Artemis
The musicians of the Artemis String Quartet 

Back in Siena with a program of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schubert, the Artemis Quartet is no newcomer to the city of the Palio. In 2004 the Berlin based string quartet won the international price of the Chigiana Music Academy (albeit in a different formation). 

Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmony in 1999, the Artemis quartet has come a long way. Invited to the world's most prestigious concert venues, the four musicians also regularly record for Virgin Classics. 

The concert will take place in the Academy's own concert hall in the beautiful Renaissance palazzo Chigi Saracini. Another reason to run for a ticket.

Friday, 7th of December 2012 - Palazzo Chigi Saracini, 9pm

Vineta Sareika, violin; Gregor Sigl, violin; Friedmann Weigle, viola; Eckart Runge, violoncello

Mendelssohn - Quartet in re magg. op. 44 n. 1
Beethoven - Grande Fuga in si bem. magg. op. 133
Schubert - Quartet in sol magg. D. 887 op. 161

Tickets can be bought at the box office of Palazzo Chigi Saraceni (via Città 89), or on the day of the concert from 8 pm directly at Palazzo Chigi Saracini. Prices from 8€ (students, under 26 and over 65 yrs) and from  18€ to 25€ (first category). 

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