Known for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (the Strad), the acclaimed Heath Quartet—the series’ first-ever quartet in residence—returns to help us celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year. They present Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle over six concerts (two each term), bookending weeklong residencies with our campus and community. The October 5 concert launches the cycle with Quartet No. 1 in F Major, op. 18.1; the “Serioso” quartet, op. 95; and Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, op. 130; pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin at 6:15 pm in MAC 221. The October 11 concert features Quartet No. 2 in G Major, op. 18.2; the second “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.2; and Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132—with a cash bar and light refreshments available at intermission and after the concert. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $22/16/10/6.