Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of being able to hear two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series offered on Saturdays dates.
One hour prior to each program Kenneth Slowik, SCMS artistic director, continues his popular pre-concert lectures, shedding light on the lives and times of the featured composers and their glorious music.
To celebrate their return to the new Music Hall in the American History Museum during the course of the season, the Axelrod String Quartet has chosen to go back to its roots and present three programs of Viennese works. Each concert will begin with one of Joseph Haydn's Op. 76 quartets, followed by one of the six quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn. The works chosen for the after-intermission slots reflect some of the many ways in which later-19th-century composers expanded on the broad and solid foundations established by Haydn and Mozart.
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For the final concert, the Quartet has chosen Alexander Zemlinsky's voluptuously romantic A Major String Quartet of 1896.
Sat., March 7
Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, (the “Emperor”)
Mozart: Quartet in D Minor, K421/417b
Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 4
Program, location, and artists are subject to change.
To view other concerts in this Saturday classical concert series, click here. This concert series also is offered on Sunday dates.
National Museum of American History
Warner Bros. Theater
Constitution Ave NW b/w 12th & 14th Sts
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian