The Brentano String Quartet complete unfinished works

The Brentano String Quartet performs Friday at Connecticut College.

Who says classical dudes don't have any fun?

The Brentano String Quartet, which performs Friday at Connecticut College, is riding high on the fresh vision of their latest project, "Fragments - Connecting Past and Present."

Here's the idea: in honor of their 20th anniversary, the BSQ selected six incomplete works by such greats as Mozart, Bach and Schubert, then asked revered contemporary composers to flesh out those pieces.

The quartet then hit the road, playing a variety of programs with these fusioned works. For the Conn appearance, for example, look forward to pairings of Bach with Russian compose Sofia Gubaidulina, and Mozart with New York composer/electronic musician Vijay Iyer.

Pretty great, huh?


"Fragments - Connecting Past and Present," the Brentano String Quartet, 8 p.m. Friday, Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London; $22 ($20 seniors, Conn faculty and staff, $11 students); (860) 439-2787,


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