"Brilliant...the performance showed not only virtuosity, intelligence and imagination but also extraordinary passion." -The New York Times
"It was the St. Lawrence String Quartet that premièred John Adams’s “Absolute Jest,” a quasi-concerto for string quartet and orchestra in which he tinkers with fragments from string quartets by Beethoven. Now, under the Chamber Music Society’s auspices, the Stanford University-based supergroup performs Adams’s Second Quartet, another piece designed as a radical homage to the Viennese titan. The program opens with Haydn’s genial Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, and concludes with Saint-Saëns’s gracious Quartet No. 1 in E Minor."
-The New Yorker
The St. Lawrence String Quartet’s contagious enthusiasm makes it one of the most treasured ensembles of our day. CMS welcomes the SLSQ back to its stage with a program spanning the repertoire from a quintessential quartet by Joseph Haydn to a remarkable contemporary masterpiece by John Adams.
- Haydn Quartet in C major for Strings, Hob. III:32, Op. 20, No. 2 (1772)
- Adams Quartet No. 2 for Strings (2014)
- Saint-Saëns Quartet in E minor for Strings, Op. 112 (1899)