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The Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, music historian-in-residence

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ticket Information

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Date
04/28/14

Time
7 pm

Venue
Nourse Theater

Location
275 Hayes Street at Franklin Street
San Francisco, California

Time
10:00 AM
Presented By
San Francisco Performances
Event Type
Performances
Genre
Classical/Contemporary
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Ensemble Name
The Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, music historian-in-residence
Musicians
Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Frederick Lifsitz, violin; Paul Yarbrough, viola; Sandy Wilson, cello
Program

The String Quartet at a Time of War: Benjamin Britten and His Contemporaries

 

Program 1 (January 12):
“The Gathering Storm”
BRITTEN:
 Three Divertimenti for String Quartet (1933, rev. 1936) 
HAAS: Quartet No. 3 (1938)

Program 2 (January 19): 
“Their Finest Hour” 
BARTÓK:
 Quartet No. 6 (1939) 
BRITTEN: Quartet No. 1 (1941)

Program 3 (March 9): 
“The Hinge of Fate” 
BRITTEN: 
Quartet No. 2 (1945) 
WALTON: Quartet in A minor (1946)

Program 4 (March 16):
“Triumph and Tragedy” 
BRITTEN: 
Quartet No. 3 (1975) 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 8 (1960)

World War II (1939–1945) was the single most harrowing and devastating event of the twentieth century. Framed by the string quartets of Benjamin Britten, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2013, this series will explore works that reflect the broader European experience of the War years, as well as the period immediately before (Program 1) and after (Program 4). Aside from Britten’s superb quartets, the series will feature some of the most important string quartets composed during the twentieth century, including quartets by Pavel Haas (who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944), Béla Bartók, William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich.


Venue
Herbst Theatre
Location
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA