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Sundays @ Four: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Crowden Music Center
Berkeley, CA
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Sundays @ Four: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Truly one of the great string quartets of our time, St. Lawrence String Quartet performs Haydn, Adams, and Beethoven at Crowden on March 26, 4pm.

A sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet, most notably precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.  The New York Times


Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20 No. 4
Adams Second Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

About Sundays @ Four:

Crowden presents chamber music to the public with Sundays @ Four, our series of low-cost, informal concerts featuring distinguished chamber musicians.

Artists speak about each work and share their personal observations and inspirations in these intimate concerts, then mingle with the audience in receptions after the performance.

Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students 18+, and free for children under 18.

About St. Lawrence String Quartet:

Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world's great ensembles. Called witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive (The Gazette, Montreal), with a peerless sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London), the quartet is celebrated for its smoldering intensity (Washington Post), and flexibility, dramatic fire and hint of rock 'n' roll energy (LA Times). SLSQ performs around the world and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998.

The St. Lawrence continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by such composers as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger. Of their collaborations with Adams, the Washington Post asserted If good relationships are built on trust, the bond between the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer John Adams is a marriage made in chamber music heaven.

In late summer 2015, the quartet toured Europe with the San Francisco Symphony, performing Adamss Absolute Jest under the baton of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for audiences in the UK, Germany, Romania and Switzerland. Later in the season, SLSQ will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York; in Vancouver and Toronto; Madison, WI; Worcester, MA; Eugene, OR; and East Lansing, MI. Two spring 2016 highlights include a residency at the University of Maryland and a special Haydn event at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

In recent seasons, SLSQ has paid special attention to Franz Josef Haydn with a series of concerts in which the foursome explores and unpacks the composers string quartets from various perspectives and then performs the works in their entirety. Geoff Nuttall, hailed as the Jon Stewart of chamber music (New York Times), explains, to be really devastated by the genius of Haydns music, the performers and audiences have to be connectedexploring the material in a really active way. The quartet will continue to offer these Haydn Discovery programs through the 2016-17 season and beyond.

The Quartets residency at Stanford includes working with music students, as well as extensive collaborations with other faculty and departments, using music to explore myriad topics. Recent collaborations have involved the School of Medicine, School of Education, and the Law School. In addition to their appointment at Stanford, the SLSQ are visiting artists at the University of Toronto. The foursome's passion for opening up musical arenas to players and listeners alike is evident in their annual summer chamber music seminar at Stanford.

Lesley Robertson and Geoff Nuttall are founding members of the group, and hail from Edmonton, Alberta, and London, Ontario, respectively. Christopher Costanza is from Utica, NY, and joined the group in 2003. Owen Dalby, from the San Francisco Bay area and a Crowden School alumnus, joined in 2015. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford University in California.



Crowden Music Center (View)
1475 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
United States

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