Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Aide-mémoire: 'Benchmark, Luminous, And Remarkably Compelling' Free String Quartet Performances Upcoming This Winter At Library of Congress, NGA

Friday, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm [FREE, reserved tickets available in advance.]

Utrecht String Quartet “clarity, depth, and impact”

Praised for its benchmark recordings of Tchaikovsky, this dynamic and versatile quartet from the Netherlands makes its first U.S. appearance in the Library of Congress.

AUERBACH: String Quartet no. 1 (Washington premiere)
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in B-flat Major, D112
MEIJERING: “Mein junges Leben hat (k)ein End” (after Sweelinck)
(U.S. premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet no. 2 in F Major, op. 22


Tuesday, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 at 8:00pm [FREE, reserved tickets available in advance.]

Quatuor Debussy “luminous performance”
with Katherine Chi, piano “remarkably compelling”

This excellent Lyon-based quartet performs an unusual program capped by a French work “of bold originality and dark beauty,” featuring one of Canada’s fastest rising stars.

GLASS: String Quartet no. 2 (“Company”)
PUCCINI: Crisantemi
MILHAUD: String Quartet no. 9, op. 140
FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F minor

Photo and image credits: (c) Willard Wigan 2009. Copyright controlled. All rights reserved.


Complete Beethoven String Quartets at National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. [FREE, first come, first served.]

'In a series of six concerts placed on the first Sundays of the month, six string quartets will present the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The American String Quartet plays the first of the six concerts on January 2, 2011, with subsequent concerts on February 6 (Ariel String Quartet - Beethoven Quartets opp. 18/3, 59/1, and 132 ) and March 6 (Leipzig String Quartet). The series continues in October 2011.' [Program notes upcoming.]


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