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Captivating Eloquence - Saint John String Quartet-FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Category: News and Notices

This following performance will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas University, McCain Hall, 101.

Ludwig Van Beethoven                                 String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 in G Major

Healey Willan                                              Poem (1930)

Dmitri Shostakovich                                     String Quartet No. 6 in g minor Op. 101

The common theme that runs through all of the pieces in this program is indeed a rather gentle eloquence: eloquence and elegance, happiness and good nature. This is perhaps in contrast to the revolutionary natures of Beethoven and Shostakovich  but the pieces played at this concert were all written during times of relative happiness in the composer's lives. Beethoven had just been sent to Vienna by a rich patron, who would premiere the works at a beautiful Palais with his own resident musicians. The quartet is eferred to as the "Compliment" Quartet, in reference to its civility and grace.

Healey Willen, a Canadian, maintained that he was born able to read music. Yet, he has been described by all that knew him as a most gracious, humble, charming and pleasant man, educator and musician.

Shostakovich, often thought of as a vehicle of Soviet Angst, wrote this quartet shortly after his second marriage; in that time of happy bliss before the inevitable divorce. The adventure was impulsive in a way unfamiliar to the usual Shostakovich, who managed through caution, to stay alive and working through some difficult cultural times, and this quartet just goes to show that the sunlight can break through anywhere.

Tickets are available at the door: Adults $26/ Students $10/ Children under 12 and STU faculty, staff and students are free.

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