The Emerson String Quartet has been among the most regular of Boston’s visiting ensembles. Sunday’s concert will be the group’s 20th appearance in the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the fifth consecutive season it has played Jordan Hall.
This concert will be a different type of milestone: the Emerson’s final Boston appearance with cellist David Finckel, whose departure at the end of the current season was announced by the quartet in February. While change is often the norm for long-running quartets, the Emerson’s lineup has been astonishingly durable. Finckel’s exit marks the group’s first personnel change in 34 years, when he joined the quartet, in 1979. He will be succeeded next spring by British cellist Paul Watkins.