Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence

San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian-in-Residence

"The String Quartet at a Time of War: Benjamin Britten and His Contemporaries"

World War II (1939-1945) was the single most harrowing and devastating event of the twentieth century. Framed by the string quartets of Benjamin Britten, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2013, this series will explore works that reflect the broader European experience of the War years, as well as the period immediately before (Program 1) and after (Program 4). Aside from Britten’s superb quartets, the series will feature some of the most important string quartets composed during the twentieth century, including quartets by Pavel Haas (who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944), Béla Bartók, William Walton and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Additional Dates:
Sat January 12, 2013 10:00am
Herbst Theatre
Sat October 13, 2012 10:00am
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Sat December 1, 2012 10:00am
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Sat December 8, 2012 10:00am
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Sat December 15, 2012 10:00am
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Sat March 9, 2013 10:00am
Herbst Theatre
Sat January 19, 2013 10:00am
Herbst Theatre

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Program

"Triumph and Tragedy"

BRITTEN: Quartet No. 3 (1975); SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 8 (1960