Concert 1a: "Sparks and Jumps - Haydn and Mozart Part I"
We trace the transition from Baroque to Classical, and show the beginnings of the true string quartet.
Concert 1b: "Synergy & Brilliance - Haydn & Mozart Part II'
Two great musical minds influence each other, resulting in a series of beautiful, timeless quartets.
Concert 2: Opening a Window - Ravel, Milhaud, and Paul Desmond
Does irregular pulse unsettle you? We show that it can be exciting, sweetly calming, or even swinging.
Concert 3: Emotional Powerhouse - Schubert, Beethoven
Dip into transcendent and expressive quartets on the cusp between Classical and Romantic periods.
Concert 4: Color Kaleidoscope - Schumann and Glass
How do you express emotion in music? Exploration musical “color” through harmony and texture.
Concert 5: Evening Romance – Beethoven and Dohnanyi
Learn how to win the objects of your heart's desire!
Concert 6: Trains, Hymns, and Barn Dances – Dvorak, Ives, and Schickele
Czech composer Dvorak was brought to New York to found an American School of composition. Was it an insult, or a success?
Concert 7: Gypsy Nexus – Brahms, Haydn, and Monti
Gypsies were homeless, feared, misunderstood, and shunned, yet both Brahms and Haydn wrote Gypsy music into their pieces to give them earthiness.
Concert 8: "Soaring Flight and What Pleases – Debussy, Grieg & Porter
One fervently Norwegian, the other fiercely French, these rich, lush quartets have a lot in common.
Concert 9: Stretch Your Ears! – Bartok
We give you tools for listening to and enjoying 20th-century music
Concert 10: Doves and Crocodiles - Beethoven
Fiercely independent, highly innovative, rebellious, tender, brilliant, furious, funny, and plagued by obstacles beyond his control, this composer’s extremes speak to our own inner extremes.
Concert 11: "Cowboys, Indians, and Sailors!" Ginastera and Piazzolla
Discover connections between the Argentinian Gaucho, the American Cowboy, and New Tango.
Concert 12: Germans in Love – Mendelssohn and Beethoven
Music might be the food of love, but love is also the fuel of music.
Concert 13: Night Music - Mark Berger, Schubert, and Bartok
Comfort for all insomniacs and fodder for cricket-lovers.
Concert 14: "White Satin, Gold Tokens, and Birdsong" - Mozart, Haydn and Boccherini
Find out how Princes and Prodigies brought the cello into the limelight.
Concert 15: Parrots and Derring-do - Villa-Lobos and Bonfá
Get on the road to Rio.
Concert 16: Hitch Up Your Troika – Prokofiev and Shostakovich
Living and composing through the Russian Revolution, the Ballets Russes, and Soviet Russia.
Concert 17: I Shan’t Be Gone Long – Barber and Thompson
It’s not all jarring – listen to beautifully smooth and romantic twentieth-century American Chamber Music
Concert 18: The Celebrity and the Rebel – Haydn and Beethoven
Find out how the beginning of one illustrious career bumped up against the end of another, and hear the brilliant results.
Concert 19: Devil and Angel - Beethoven
Between the poles of "Heaven and Hell" the orb of Beethoven's personality included elegance, warmth and wit.
Concert 20: Between Dream and Reality - Brahms and Dvorak
Savor rhythmic idiosyncrasies and other surprises in pieces written by kindred spirits.
Concert 21: Birds, Mountains, and the Fox Trot - Peter Schickele
Groove on this beautiful tribute to the richness and variety of American music, from fiddle tunes to jazz to chance music.
Concert 22: A Mediterranean Diet - Turina, Ravel, Puccini, Wolf
Circle around the Mediterranean from Spain to France, to Italy, and back again.
Concert 23: Dances of the Spheres - Mozart and Beethoven
Relish the deep and mellow sonority of two-viola quintets.
Concert 24: Paper Doll on a String - Shostakovich
Rising above the contest between Art and Politics, the composer juxtaposes deep personal expression and global compassion.
Concert 25: Ripples and Shimmer - Mendelssohn, Spohr and Cherubini
Supreme craft makes it look so easy. Enjoy the elegance and charm of these Romantic quartets.
Concert 26: Dancing Along from Polka to Swing - Dvorak, Smetana, Dad Cook and Duke Ellington
Where the line between formal classical and popular music disappears.
Concert 27: Unforgettable Shafts of Tenderness - Schubert
Schubert's phenomenal two-cello Quintet, considered by many to be the best piece of chamber music ever written.
Concert 28: Delicious Dissonances - Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartok
Dissonance is something to relish, and you're more accustomed to it than you might think!
Concert 29: All for One and One for All - Bartok
What do Bela Bartok, Alexandre Dumas and Switzerland have in common?
Concert 30: Restoration of Honor - Beethoven
"The human brain cannot be sold either like coffee beans or like any form of cheese!"
Concert 31: Force of Imagination - Haydn and Beethoven
Concert 32: Revisions Devil - Mendelssohn and Hensel
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