Close Encounters With Music
Saturday, March 22nd 2014
LINDEN STRING QUARTET
$45 Orchestra & Mezzanine / $25 Balcony
The centerpiece of the program is Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, written for a St. Petersburg chamber music society as a musical souvenir of his visit to Italy as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet.
The young energetic Linden Quartet also performs Tchaikovsky’s AndanteCantabile and Brahms’ dramatic and turbulent quartet Opus 51 No. 1, which he wrote, in his own words, “hearing the footsteps of Beethoven” behind him, the first survivor after twenty destroyed quartets.
Sarah McElravy & Catherine Cosbey, violins
Eric Wong, viola
Felix Umansky, cello
Pierre-Henri Xuereb, viola
Yehuda Hanani, cello