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The Axelrod String Quartet 2015-2016 Saturday Concert Series

Evening Performance

View this year's Axelrod String Quartet Saturday concerts!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Code: 1P0480

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Please note the repertoire has changed for this performance.

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. This concert series is also offered on Sunday 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.

Over the course of the season, the Axelrod String Quartet concludes its traversal—begun last season—of Haydn’s Op. 76 quartets. Each program is further developed around the presence of guest artists.

To learn more about the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, click here.


For the final concert, one of Schubert’s most intriguing early quartets is paired with his incomparable two-cello Quintet, d956. Guest cellist Norman Fischer wields the powerful 1701 “Servais” Strad for these memorable performances.

Sat., March 5
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (with The Excelsa Quartet: Laura Colgate and Audrey Wright, violins; Valentina Shohdy, viola; Kacy Clopton, violoncello)
Schubert: Quintet in C Major, d956 (with Norman Fischer, violoncello)


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
Music Hall (3rd floor)
14th St & Constitution Ave NW