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St. Lawrence String Quartet

St. Lawrence String Quartet 2013


Date night with strings attached

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. The St. Lawrence musicians “are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection,” asserts a New Yorker writer. The ensemble features violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violist Lesley Robertson, and cellist Christopher Costanza.

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1Project Events

Leaderless Teams

7 p.m. Monday, October 7
Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom

Not open to the public

The St. Lawrence String Quartet and students from the Penn State Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute and Students Engaging Students organization will collaborate during a two-hour interactive workshop exploring the concepts behind the dynamics of leaderless teams, pursuing a passion, and the appreciation of classical music. In the same way that a chamber music ensemble performs without a conductor, individuals on an athletic team or leadership team must also recognize when to step forward and when to drop back and allow someone else to take the lead. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will demonstrate the intricacies of performance in a leaderless team.

String Quartet Master Class

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 8
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a master class, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet, for Penn State graduate string quartets. Tim Deighton, Penn State professor of music, leads the 90-minute session.

Schreyer Dorm Concert

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 8
Atherton Hall Grandfather Clock Lounge

Not open to the public

The St. Lawrence String Quartet takes classical music to a residence hall with an intimate performance for and discussion with Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College students. The 90-minute event is open to Schreyer Scholars and residents of the Honors Living Learning Community.

Classical Coffeehouse

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

8 p.m. Tuesday, October 8
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

Experience classical music, performed by master musicians, in a relaxed setting. Join the quartet for music, discussion, and the opportunity to ask questions. Enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies. Receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

Music 431 Class Visit

10:10 a.m. Wednesday, October 9
Palmer Museum of Art Palmer Lipcon Auditorium

The public is welcome to observe when the St. Lawrence String Quartet visits an Advanced Tonal Analysis music class to discuss Beethoven's string quartets. Eric McKee, Penn State professor of music theory, hosts the 50-minute class.

Beethoven string quartets

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 9
Schwab Auditorium

St. Lawrence returns to Schwab Auditorium to open the final season of a three-year Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State program featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s complete string quartets. The program includes the quartets in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4; C Major, Op. 59, No. 3; and A minor, Op. 132.

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $12  |  18 and Younger $32

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.


Nina C. Brown Endowment

media sponsor


Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet musicians, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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