This concert is being postponed because of the heavy snowfall expected for the region. We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as possible.
The Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Haydn, Brahms, and James MacMillan.
The concert will begin with the first in Haydn‘s set of “Prussian” quartets, his Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No.1. Haydn’s six quartets comprising Op. 50 were a response to a gift of a golden ring to Haydn by King Frederick William II of Prussia. The B-flat major quartet features the cello in an interesting solo role, playing lone B-flats at significant moments throughout the piece. It is no coincidence that the King of Prussia happened to be an avid cellist.
Next on the program is the String Quartet No. 3 by by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. Though perhaps best known for this choral works, MacMillan has also written a significant body of instrumental music, including a widely-performed percussion concerto. Of the piece on Tuesday’s program, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “MacMillan’s String Quartet No. 3 operates at the boundary between the physical and the ethereal, between sounds and silence.”