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St. Lawrence String Quartet 'Haydn String Quartet in G Minor, op. 20, no. 3: 1. Allegro con spirito'

St. Lawrence String Quartet & Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

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Veterans of the Chamber Arts Series at Duke Performances, the St. Lawrence String Quartet returns with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott for a varied and intriguing program. The SLSQ, in residence at Stanford for 20 years now, is consistently ranked in the highest echelon of American quartets. The Philadelphia Inquirer proclaims McDermott as “one of the great American pianists of her generation.”

Participants in a new wave of artists celebrating Haydn, the St. Lawrence begins with his “Sun Quartet” from opus 20. McDermott then joins for two twentieth-century quintets: Amy Beach’s Quintet (1908) is starting to gain its proper respect in concert halls; and Messiaen’s Pièce for Piano and String Quartet (1991), his final finished work, blends his beloved birdsongs with angular chords and lyrical melodies. The St. Lawrence closes the night with Debussy’s magical Quartet in G Minor.


Haydn: Quartet in C Major, op. 20, no. 2 (“Sun”)

Amy Beach: Piano Quintet

Messiaen: Pièce for Piano and String Quartet

Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, op. 10

“[The St. Lawrence String Quartet is] a modern string quartet that brings flexibility, dramatic fire, and… a hint of rock 'n' roll energy…”

Los Angeles Times

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