Santa Fe Pro Musica concludes its 2017-18 String Works Series on Sunday, March 4 at 3pm with a concert performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for their “impassioned performances full of operatic lyricism and structural insight” (The New Yorker).
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Owen Dalby, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Christopher Costanza, celloTHE EVENTS
Sunday, March 4 at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Free Master Class at 10am
Concert at 3pm
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
JOHN ADAMS First Quartet
SIBELIUS Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae”
We asked the St. Lawrence String Quartet to talk about this program, how they selected the pieces, and what they think is especially interesting about this program.
Owen Dalby, violinist with the quartet responded:
“Thematic programming as such has never held much appeal to us in the St. Lawrence String Quartet. If there is a theme to our Santa Fe Pro Musica program, it is simply this: great music, deeply felt! Beethoven’s Op. 135 is his last quartet, and we love it for its quicksilver changes in character and mood, sublimely intense slow movement, and one of the most riotous scherzo movements in the whole quartet repertoire. John Adams’ first quartet is a modern masterpiece with a no-holds-barred rhythmic energy. He wrote it expressly for us, and we just love sinking our teeth into it at every performance. Finally, the Sibelius quartet has a gorgeous tension between intimacy and outsized emotion that we find totally compelling. Sibelius summed it up perfectly when he described the piece as ‘the kind of thing that brings a smile to your lips at the hour of death.’”