Sunday, October 16, 2011, 4pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Pre-concert Discussion • 3pm
Celebrate with us!
Please join the St. Lawrence String Quartet, friends and neighbors at Muffuletta Cafe to celebrate the 33rd season of Music in the Park Series.
6:30-9:00pm, Muffuletta Cafe, 2260 Como Avenue
Post-concert Prix Fixe Dinner $18.95 per person or nightly menu selections
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Music in the Park Series is thrilled to have the exciting St. Lawrence String Quartet return to Saint Anthony Park to open our 2011-2012 season. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott Saint John, violist Lesley Robertson, and cellist Christopher Costanza delight in revealing surprising nuances in familiar repertoire and illuminating the works of some of today’s most celebrated composers. For this program, they will present a new work written especially for them by Osvaldo Golijov, along with quartets by Haydn and Dvorak.
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Geoff Nuttall, violin
“A sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet, most notably precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.”
Whether playing Haydn or premiering a new work, the SLSQ has a rare ability to bring audiences to rapt attention. They reveal surprising nuances in familiar repertoire and illuminate the works of some of today’s most celebrated composers, often all in the course of one evening. John Adams was inspired to write works expressly for the quartet after hearing them in concert. The first of these was “String Quartet,” which SLSQ premiered in 2009 to wide critical acclaim. In 2012, the quartet will join forces with the San Francisco Symphony to perform “Absolute Jest,” another work Adams has composed with the SLSQ in mind. This work will premiere in San Francisco in March 2012, with additional performances in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and New York.
In October 2011, SLSQ will premiere a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, also composed for them. This forthcoming work (co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts and Carnegie Hall) is expected to build on the success of their previous collaboration, which culminated in the twice-Grammy-nominated SLSQ recording of the composer’s Yiddishbbuk (EMI) in 2002.
SLSQ maintains a busy touring schedule. Some 2011/12 season highlights include visits to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor Toronto, Philadelphia, Montreal, Durham, and New Orleans, as well as a return to Australia in spring, 2012. During the summer season, SLSQ is proud to continue its long association with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the quartet's founding in Canada, SLSQ in 2009 commissioned five Canadian composers and performed their work across the country. They also have active working relationships with numerous other composers, including R. Murray Schafer, Christos Hatzis, Ezequiel Viñao, Jonathan Berger, Ka Nin Chan, Roberto Sierra, and Mark Applebaum.
Since 1998 the SLSQ has held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. This residency includes working with music students as well as extensive collaborations with other faculty and departments using music to explore a myriad of topics. Recent collaborations have involved the School of Medicine, School of Education, and the Law School. In addition to their appointment at Stanford, the SLSQ are visiting artists at the University of Toronto. The foursome's passion for opening up musical arenas to players and listeners alike is evident in their annual summer chamber music seminar at Stanford and their many forays into the depths of musical meaning with preeminent music educator Robert Kapilow.
Violist Lesley Robertson is a founding member of the group, and hails from Edmonton Alberta. Cellist Christopher Costanza is from Utica, NY and joined the quartet in 2003. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John both grew up in London Ontario; Geoff is a founding member and Scott joined in 2006. Depending on concert repertoire, the two alternate the role of first violin. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford, in the Bay Area of California.
|Quartet in C major, Opus 74, No. 1
| Joseph Haydn
(1732 - 1809)
|New work-in-progress for string quartet -
| Osvaldo Golijov
|Quartet in A-flat major, Opus 105
Adagio, ma non troppo
Lento e molto cantabile
Allegro non tanto
| Antonín Dvořák
(1841 - 1904)
*This work was composed for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Stanford Lively Arts Stanford University with the generous support of Kathryn Gould.