ASQ’s April in New York

Tuesday April 24, 2017 7:30 pm Anne Ratner Concert Series New York, New York Tel: (518) 329-7924 Web: www.anneratnerconcertseries.org Program: TBA Wednesday April 25, 2018 7:30 pm Baruch Performing Arts Center Baruch College, City University of New York Engelman Recital Hall New York, New York Tel: (646) 312-5073 Web: baruch.cuny.edu/bpac Program: Robert Schumann Quartet in A Minor,…

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ

Eric Bromberger offers the following background on The Alexander String Quartet’s March 30, 2018 performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco: Haydn may have claimed that his thirty years as kapellmeister to the Esterhazy princes forced him to work in isolation, but from…

Alan Jones: The Readings for Haydn’s Seven Last Words

The Alexander String Quartet’s March 30, 2018 performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco will feature readings between the movements from Dean Emeritus, Alan Jones. Dean Emeritus Jones offers his notes for these readings below: The readings between the movements are meant to…

Con Moto on KQED “Our State, Our Stories”

Set your DVRs – the Alexander String Quartet documentary, Con Moto will be broadcast on KQED’s “Our State, Our Stories” program Friday August 18 at 8pm, Saturday August 19 at 2am, and via KQED Plus on Wednesday, August 23rd at 10am. Watch the trailer via YouTube:

Mahler Song Cycles Recording Kickstarter

Help produce the world premiere recordings of three of Mahler’s beloved song cycles transcribed for string quartet and mezzo-soprano by our own Zak Grafilo! Pledge Now! Rewards!!! Advanced Digital Downloads & CD – $10-20 Advanced Autographed CD & Downloads – $50 Become a Producer! (plus Autographed CD) – $75 4 Tickets to any LIEDER ALIVE!…

Sunday LIEDER ALIVE!

Sunday, June 11 will mark the world premiere performance of our own Zak Grafilo’s Mahler Lieder eines Fahrenden gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) transcription for string quartet and mezzo-soprano (Kindra Scharich). The event will be presented by LIEDER ALIVE! and will also mark the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to support the recoding of three…

Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

In 1973 Benjamin Britten—frail and facing a heart operation— composed his final opera, Death in Venice. Based on Thomas Mann’s 1913 novella, the opera summed up many of the themes of Britten’s artistic career: as the aging novelist Aschenbach embarks on a quest for spiritual redemption in a city assaulted by the plague, he is…

Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Opus 110

In the summer of 1960 Shostakovich went to Dresden, where he was to write a score for the film Five Days, Five Nights, a joint East German and Soviet production. The devastation of Dresden by Allied bombing in 1945—the event that drove Kurt Vonnegut to write Slaughterhouse Five—was still evident in 1960, and it stunned…

Mozart Festival at Baruch College

The Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) presents the Alexander String Quartet in two concerts, Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 5 while the Aaron Silberman Concert Series presents a Community Preview Matinee on Thursday, May 4. Each evening showcases BPAC’s quartet-in-residence performing two all-Mozart programs along with Cliburn silver-medalist Joyce Yang. On Wednesday, May 3,…

Announcing a Chamber Music Workshop and Retreat

Announcing a Chamber Music Workshop & Retreat With the Alexander String Quartet String Quartet masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven September 7-10, 2017 Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma County, CA) The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism has put together a unique weekend: A chamber music intensive (for…

William Walton String Quartet No. 2

Walton spent World War II writing film scores, including the music to Henry V (he had originally wanted to serve as an ambulance driver, but after he landed several ambulances in the ditch, the government decided that he would be more useful as a composer). In the summer of 1945, months after the end of…