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The Axelrod String Quartet 2014-2015 Saturday Concert Series

Evening Performance

View this year's Axelrod String Quartet Saturday concerts!

Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Code: 1P0437

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.

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



In January, the Axelrod members invite two advanced students to join them for the second of the two Brahms sextets, mixing the voices of Stradivarius and Amati instruments to create an unsurpassed sonic experience.

Sat., Jan. 31
Haydn: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, (the “Quinten”)
Mozart: Quartet in A Major, K464
Brahms: Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
with Leah Gastler, viola, and Arnie Tanimoto, 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
Warner Bros. Theater
Constitution Ave., NW b/w 12th & 14th Streets
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian