The free streamed concert premiered on Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 pm and will remain available on demand through 11:59PM on Sunday, October 18. If you have any trouble accessing either event, please refer to our Watch Party FAQ page for guidance on how to stream this performance.
MOZART Allegro moderato from String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Prelude and Humoresque from 5 Fantasiestücke, Op. 5
BARTÓK Introduzione and Allegro vivace from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
DEBUSSY Andantino and Très modéré from String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
Beloved Emeritus Professor Scott Burnham translates his popular Pre-Concert Talk to the virtual world for our digital season opening. Listen to his comments here.Read more about the program »
That the Takács String Quartet opens our virtual 2020-2021 season with their 21st appearance on our series is certainly a testament to the fact that not even a global pandemic can get in the way of our love for this formidable group. Even after 21 appearances, the novelty never ceases. With a new violist in tow—Emmy Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Richard O’Neill—the quartet will launch our inaugural Watch Party with a program of works by Mozart, Bartók, Debussy, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. For those who RSVP, you will receive special content about the evening’s program, including the fascinating history of Coleridge-Taylor’s background as a 20th-century English composer and activist of European and African descent. Everyone who joins the Watch Party will be invited to talk directly to members of the Takács Quartet in a post-stream Q&A.
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