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, artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, curates a series of pre-concert lectures (one hour prior to each program), shedding light on the glorious music and the life and times of the featured composers.
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The Axelrod Quartet concludes its traversal of Haydn’s Op. 76 quartets, and presents works of other Viennese composers: Haydn’s pupil Beethoven. The final concert of the series introduces the Rolston Quartet, the graduate-quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. This gifted young ensemble, which was grand prize winner of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and took prizes in both the M-Prize and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions, joins the Axelrod players in the last of Louis Spohr’s four innovative double quartets, utilizing both sets of instruments.
Sun., March 19
Joseph Haydn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Louis Spohr: Double Quartet in G Minor, Op. 136
Featuring The Rolston Quartet: Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda, violins; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, 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
Music Hall (3rd floor)
14th St & Constitution Ave NW