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St. Lawrence String Quartet

St. Lawrence String Quartet 2012

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St. Lawrence String Quartet

"These are fearless musicians," writes a Washington Post critic, "whose spontaneity stretches past conventional interpretation and probes the music's imaginative limits." Violinist Geoff Nuttall and violist Lesley Robertson, founding members, are joined by cellist Christopher Costanza and violinist Scott St. John.

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Size does matter

Size does matter, especially when you need to squeeze a group of musicians into someone’s living room. The “living rooms” of the Classical period were actually palace chambers.

Chamber music is written for a small ensemble of instruments. The word chamber highlights that the music is performed in an intimate atmosphere. Chamber music, sometimes referred to as “the music of friends,” was played in Classical-era salons and chambers by amateur musicians to entertain friends, relatives, and often themselves. Most of today’s chamber music is heard in concert halls, but some artists still enjoy playing together in the intimate atmosphere for which the genre was named.

1project events

Salon Evening

7 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2012
Board Room at the Nittany Lion Inn

The public is invited to a free Beethoven Salon Evening at 7 p.m. Monday, November 12, in the Nittany Lion Inn Board Room. The ninety-minute event features the St. Lawrence String Quartet performing excerpts of Beethoven quartets, with discussion led by faculty from the School of Music.

Master class

10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a St. Lawrence String Quartet master class for Penn State School of Music string students. Professor of Music James Lyon leads the session.

Lecture / Performance

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012
217 Business Building

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will host a performance and discussion on team process and organization with students from the Smeal College of Business. Associate Professor of Management & Organization Glen Kreiner will help lead the session. This event is not open to the public.

Schreyer Dorm Concert

8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Simmons Hall Piano Lounge

St. Lawrence String Quartet will host an intimate evening performance and discussion with students of Schreyer Honors College. This event is not open to the public.

Main Performance

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 14
Schwab Auditorium

Last season the exuberant St. Lawrence String Quartet premiered a three-year Center for the Performing Arts program featuring all of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets. The ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University returns to open the second season of Beethoven's chamber masterworks. The program includes the quartets in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; F Major, Op. 59, No. 1; and E-flat Major, Op. 127

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32


Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).


Nina C. Brown Endowment

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab Auditorium.

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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