Santa Fe Pro Musica concludes its String Works Series on Sunday, March 4 at 3pm with a concert performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Modern, dramatic, superb, wickedly attentive, with a hint of rock ‘n roll energy are just a few ways critics describe the musical phenomenon that is the St Lawrence String Quartet.
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Owen Dalby, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Sunday, March 4 at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art
• Master Class at 10am (free)
• Concert at 3pm (tickets required)
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
JOHN ADAMS First Quartet
SIBELIUS Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces intimae”
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET FAQS
• The quartet is named for the mighty St. Lawrence River that connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and forms part of the international boundary between Canada and the U.S. The river spans a distance of almost 1,900 miles from its headwaters to its mouth, which includes one of the largest estuaries in the world.
• Lesley Robertson and Geoff Nuttall are founding members and hail from Edmonton, Alberta, and London, Ontario, respectively. Christopher Costanza is from Utica NY and joined the group in 2003. Owen Dalby is from the San Francisco Bay area and joined in 2015.
• All four members teach at Stanford University in California where they have been the Ensemble-in-Residence since 1998.
• The quartet has also been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Juilliard School, Yale University, University of Toronto and the Hartt School of Music (Connecticut).
• Every summer the quartet hosts the Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford, a 10-day program designed for career-oriented music students and advanced adult amateur musicians. Here is an introduction (9:08): youtu.be/6OHU2A4GpOk
• In 2015, the SLSQ was recognized as one of NPR’s “Top Classical Recordings of the Year” for their recording of John Adam’s Absolute Jest with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. Here is an excerpt from their European tour (1:08) youtu.be/FUbQ0Sz6Eyg
Look for our next eblast to learn more about the music on this concert.