Democracy in Action: St. Lawrence String Quartet Plays Haydn

Fri May 20th 2016, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Event Sponsor
Department of Music, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
Campbell Recital Hall
Democracy in Action: St. Lawrence String Quartet Plays Haydn

Join the St. Lawrence String Quartet as they use the music of Joseph Haydn to illustrate (in music and conversation) the origins of the quartet as a democratic institution. 

This event is part of The Ethics of Democracy series.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet players are: Geoff Nuttall (violin), Owen Dalby (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola) and Christopher Costanza (cello).

"A sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet, most notably precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.” – The New York Times 

Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet earned international recognition within a few years, winning both the Banff Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists audition in 1992. The group has since developed an undisputed reputation as a truly world class chamber ensemble. Called “witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive (The Gazette, Montreal), with a “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London), the quartet is celebrated for its “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), and “flexibility, dramatic fire and… hint of rock 'n' roll energy” (LA Times). SLSQ performs internationally and has served as Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University since 1998.    The St. Lawrence continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by such composers as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger. Of their collaborations with Adams, the Washington Post asserted “If good relationships are built on trust, the bond between the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer John Adams is a marriage made in chamber music heaven.”  

For more information about the SLSQ's community outreach programs at Stanford, click here.