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St Lawrence summons Beethoven, Adams, Ravel

  • Nov 9, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2682" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Photo: Marco Borggreve"][/caption]Though they've walked on stage thousands of times in their 20-year history, the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet retain a freshness, edge, and a vivid musical vision that radiates the joy of ensemble musicmaking. The St. Lawrence appears Sunday, December 5 at 3 pm in the final fall concert of the ChamberMusic@Beall season. The program is typically St. Lawrence. They reveal surprising nuances in familiar repertoire, in this case, quartet No. 4 from Beethoven's Opus 18, and illuminate the works of some of today’s most celebrated composers, often all in the course of one evening. John Adams was inspired to write works expressly for the quartet after hearing them in concert. His “String Quartet,” also on the December 5 program, was written for the SLSQ and premiered by the quartet in January 2009. In 2012, the quartet will join forces with the San Francisco Symphony to premiere yet another work Adams is composing with the SLSQ in mind. In spring 2011, they will premiere a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, also composed for them. This forthcoming work (co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts and Carnegie Hall) is expected to build on the success of their previous collaboration, which culminated in the twice-Grammy-nominated SLSQ recording of the composer’s Yiddishbbuk (EMI) in 2002. Keeping up to date, the quartet's revised website has music downloads and videos, including this stirring collection of exceprts from the Dvorak quartet No 106. Tickets for the St. Lawrence Quartet in Beall Hall are available online via the Hult Center ticket office.