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 Quartet: Marc Destrubé, violin; Marilyn McDonald, violin; James Dunham, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello
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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.
National Museum of American History
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music
14th St & Constitution Ave NW