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The Axelrod String Quartet 2018-2019 Sunday Concert Series

Evening Performance

View this year's Axelrod Sunday concerts!

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Code: 1P0638

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 Saturday 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.


Following a long-standing January tradition, the ASQ invites a promising quartet in its early career to participate in a gala, all-Stradivarius-and-Amati reading of the Mendelssohn Octet. This year’s choice is The Omer Quartet, the prize-winning graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Maryland. The program also includes the Second Quartet of Béla Bartók, arguably the most important 20th-century heir to the great classical quartet tradition.

Joseph Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Béla Bartók: Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
with The Omer Quartet: Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violins; Jinsung Hong, viola; Alexander Cox, violoncello


Program, location, and artists are subject to change.

To view other concerts in this Sunday classical concert series, click here. This concert series also is offered on Saturday dates.

Smithsonian Year of Music

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