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Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (SCMS) 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.
The Axelrod Quartet continues its Haydn survey with Op. 71, No. 2, the complements of the Op. 74 set heard last year. In January, the Quartet returns to the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon, where the Æolus Quartet, graduate fellowship quartet at the University of Maryland’s School of Music, will join the Axelrod members for a concert that will unite all eight Stradivarius and Amati instruments.
One hour prior to this program, Kenneth Slowik, SCMS artistic director and recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian Secretary’s Distinguished Research Lecture Award, will provide a pre-concert talk, shedding light on the glorious music and the life and times of the featured composers.
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Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
Mendelssohn: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, (Ist es wahr?)
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
with the Æolus Quartet
Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violins; Gregory Luce, viola; Alan Richardson, violoncello
Program, location, and artists are subject to change.
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Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery
17th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Metro: Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines)