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St. Lawrence String Quartet performs Mozart, John Adams, and more April 3

March 6, 2012

Adams composed his String Quartet expressly for SLSQ

The Yale School of Music presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, April 3. “The St. Lawrence,” writes The New Yorker, “are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” The concert, which features string quartets of Mozart, Korngold, and John Adams, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The concert opens with Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, the only minor-key piece in the set that Mozart dedicated to his teacher Haydn. Next is the lyrical, String Quartet No. 3 of Erich Korngold, a composer best known for his career scoring films for Hollywood. But with this piece, written in 1946, Korngold turn his attention back to the world of concert music for the first time in many years.

After hearing the SLSQ in concert, composer John Adams was inspired to write for them. The result was his String Quartet, which the SLSQ premiered in 2009 and will perform as the finale of this concert. “The piece is a knockout,” raved the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Thanks to the St. Lawrence… so was the performance.”

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) – Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violins; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello – last appeared at Yale in 1995. Since then, as the Globe and Mail noted, “…this group has matured and deepened without losing its freshness and edge.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called one concert “Stylistically impeccable, with superb ensemble work, beautiful tone and expressiveness… as fine a performance as I could ever hope to hear.”

This concert is presented by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Since winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Boasting a rare ability to bring audiences to rapt attention, the SLSQ reveals surprising nuances in familiar repertoire and illuminates the works of some of today’s most celebrated composers. Since 1998, the SLSQ has held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. In addition, 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 and their many forays into the depths of musical meaning with preeminent music educator Robert Kapilow. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford, in the Bay Area of California.

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