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Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concert with QuatreStax: Andrew Smith, Lu Friedman violins; Suzanne Wagor viola; Andrea Mills cello
".. a style that shows how the finest artists perform Beethoven in the 21st century"
Beethoven Quartet Op.95 in f minor "Serioso" Mendelssohn Quartet no. 2 Op.13 in a minor
Beethoven's Op.95 is a seminal masterpiece composed during Napoleon's invasion of Vienna. First performed in 1814 for a private gathering of patrons, Beethoven realized its turbulent and experimental nature would make audiences believe he was loosing touch and forbad public performances. Its publication in 1816 allowed a younger generation to form a fanatical devotion to Beethoven's mystifying late quartets. In 1827, while only 18, Mendelssohn wrote Op.13, a dramatic and passionate homage - the melody "Is it true?" permeates the work. Together these two works encapsulate Beethoven's influence as one of the greatest artists of all time.
About the Series: The Westport Library’s Lundberg Family Foundation Masters’ Series is an annual series in the performing arts that will showcase the work of established and contemporary masters, innovative new voices and emerging artists. The inaugural Lundberg Masters Series will celebrate the work of Beethoven, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth. This season of the Lundberg Family Foundation Masters Series is being developed in collaboration with community curator Frederic Chiu.
About Beechwood’s “Do or Die” winter season: To expand what the arts experience can be for artists and audiences by fostering collaboration across genres and generations and promoting all-arts immersive and intimate events that marry traditions of the past with cutting-edge innovations of the future.