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The Axelrod String Quartet 2018-2019 Saturday Concert Series

Evening Performance

View this year's Axelrod Saturday concerts!

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Code: 1P0636

In its 42nd season, 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.

Kenneth Slowik, SCMS artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, again curates a series of pre-concert talks one hour prior to each concert.

The Axelrod String QuartetMarc Destrubé, violin; Marilyn McDonald, violin; James Dunham, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello

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


The May programs present a string quartet adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue). The four distinct voices of the quartet bring fresh clarity to the learned counterpoint of this masterful late work, originally conceived for keyboard, which was one of the large valedictory projects of Bach’s last decade.

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080


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.

Smithsonian Year of Music

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