Sunday Kicks off new Schubert Series at Mondavi Center

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Sunday’s concert marks the 10th season of concerts at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, CA, and features the first performance of Schubert’s Quartet No. 8 by the ASQ.

For fabulous insight into the works on this concert, please visit the wonderful article on www.davisenterprise.com:

“The first program will be Sunday. The 2 p.m. performance will feature the group with noted lecturer and author Robert Greenberg; the 7 p.m. performance will include a post-concert discussion, with the members of the quartet fielding questions from the audience.

The music will be the same at both performances: Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 (“Quartettsatz”); the String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”); and the String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat Major, D. 112.

Schubert produced a phenomenal amount of music during a life cut short by illness at age 31.

“In his all-too-brief life, Schubert created a body of music the size and quality of which leaves us shaking our heads in wonder,” Greenberg says. “In the last 16 years of his life, from the age of 15 to 31, Schubert produced, among other works: nine finished and “unfinished” symphonies; 10 orchestral overtures; 22 piano sonatas; six masses; 17 operas; 637 songs; over 1000 works for solo piano and piano four-hands; around 145 choral works; and 45 chamber works, including 15 string quartets and one string quintet.”

Greenberg added “The tiny (about 5-foot-1), pudgy, bespectacled Schubert was a compulsive composer. He rather innocently described his routine this way: ‘I work every morning. When I have finished one piece I begin another.’…”

Read the full article on www.davisenterprise.com

Franz Schubert
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Davis, California

Web: www.mondaviarts.org/events/

Program:
Schubert Quartet in B-flat Major, D. 112, Op. posth. 168
Schubert Quartet in C Minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz”
Schubert Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”

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