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2012-13 Season

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All concerts take place at 7:30 PM in Sapinsley Hall
at the Nazarian Center, Rhode Island College,
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence.
See map.

The first three concerts are on Thursdays, the April concert on a Tuesday.
See 2012-13 Season Brochure.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ludwig van Beethoven:
String Quartet in B flat major,
Op. 18, No. 6

Dmitri Shostakovich:
String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108

Hugo Wolf:
Italian Serenade

Bedrich Smetana:
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life”

Jerusalem String  Quartet

The Jerusalem Quartet has garnered international celebrity for its rare combination of passion and precision. Just in their thirties, the Jerusalem’s revelatory performances and award-winning recordings for the definitive Harmonia Mundi label have made them among the most sought after string quartets performing today.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Franz Joseph Haydn:
String Quartet in E flat major,
Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke”

Béla Bartók:
String Quartet No. 4 in C major,
Sz. 91

Johannes Brahms:
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor,
Op. 51, No.2

Brentano String Quartet

Even among the world’s elite ensembles, the Brentano String Quartet has reached nearly unparalleled critical heights for their electrifying and emotionally charged performances. Brentano violinist Mark Steinberg says that their driving passion is “to help people listen through the ears of a composer, through the ears of a creator, and to almost feel involved in the process of creation themselves.’’ Named for Antonie Brentano, rumored to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved",

The Brentano Quartet performs in the most prestigious halls across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sonata en Trio
in F sharp minor, Op. 30

Ernest Chausson:
Pièce for viola and harp,
in C major, Op. 39

Arnold Bax:
Elegiac Trio
for flute, viola, and harp

Sofia Gubaidulina:
Garden of Joys and Sorrows,
for flute, viola, harp, and speaker

Claude Debussy:
Sonata for flute, viola, and harp

Walden Chamber Players

The season’s most provocative concert explores the seductive combination of harp, flute, and viola from the viewpoint of five different composers. Gubaidulina’s aural perceptions in her evocative Garden of Joys and Sorrows beautifully compliment Arnold Bax’s emotionally gripping elegy and luminous works by French impressionists. Formed by 12 of Boston’s leading instrumentalists, Walden Chamber Players collective is famed for crafting thought-provoking programs that stimulate the senses.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice will present a conversation with the performers on April 24 at 7:00 PM, in the George Houston Bass Performance Arts Space, Churcill House, 155 Angell Street, Providence. Free and open to the public.

William Grant Still:
Danzas of Panama

Robert Pound:

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson:
String Quartet #1, Based on the Spiritual "Calvary"

Antonin Dvorak:
Quartet in F major, Op. 96,

Marion Anderson Quartet

Starting as street performers in New York, the Marian Anderson Quartet’s bold musicmaking embraces the classical tradition and infuses it with the richness of the African-American experience. The quartet, named for the celebrated contralto who shattered racial barriers, was the first African-American ensemble in history to win a major classical music competition. Their big sound and vibrant theatricality will bring to life a unique concert featuring rarely heard classical compositions by Black composers and contemporary arrangements of Negro spirituals.