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The Axelrod String Quartet: Stradivarius and Amati (Saturday series)

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society In-Person Concert

Weekend Performance

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0816
National Museum of American History
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music
14th St & Constitution Ave NW
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Axelrod Quartet (clockwise from left): Marc Destrubé, violin; James Dunham, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello

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 Nicoló Amati—in this popular three-concert series on Saturdays.

The Axelrod Quartet—Marc Destrubé (violin), James Dunham (viola), Kenneth Slowik (violoncello), and now includes violinist Mark Fewer—presents three programs, each of which is anchored by one of Schubert’s last quartets. Additional works of quartet masters Haydn, Beethoven, and Shostakovich are joined by three 20th-century works related, in their diversity, to varied interests of the National Museum of American History through the 2023-2024 concert season. Note that only Saturday concerts feature a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. 

Concert Program

This concert features music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Schubert, and 20th-century composer, Osvaldo Golijov. The music of the Argentinian Osvaldo Golijov, resident in the United States since 1986, has been characterized as “forcing us to look and listen in a way that we're not asked to do inside other music, speaking to the divisiveness and coming together of cultures.”

  • Osvoldo Golijov: Tenebrae for String Quartet
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 7
  • Franz Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D887

Additional Axelrod String Quartet Saturday Series Concerts

Other Smithsonian Chamber Music Society Performances

General Information

  • Advance registration for this concert will tentatively end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, April 26, 2024. If tickets will be available at the door additional information will be posted leading up to the concert.
  • Refer to our health and safety information for in-person programs.