Society for the Performing Arts presents Takács Quartet (with Timothy Pitts, Double Bass) at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Stude Concert Hall, Rice University.An irresistible blend of virtuosic technique and engaging personality has made the GRAMMY Award-winning Takács Quartet a favorite for more than 20 years. Founded in Hungary in 1975 and now based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.Founded by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér while students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Quartet tours today with Schranz and Fejér, as well as Edward Dusinberre and Geraldine Walther who joined in 1993 and 2005 respectively. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.The Quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet K458, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 and Dvorak’s Bass Quintet Op. 77.For the final piece, the musicians will be joined by double bassist and Rice University professor Timothy Pitts. His orchestral career began as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra after which he was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony, a position he held for 17 years. He also served as principal double bass of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of John Williams.For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.