Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, April 30, 7:30 PM at St. Cecilia Music Center
Concert

Presented by St. Cecilia Music Center.

From Prague to Vienna

This concert celebrates friendship and family with three composers who mentored and inspired each other. Brahms discovered Dvořák through a composition competition, helped him rise to international stardom, and became his lifelong friend and mentor. In turn, Suk was one of Dvořák’s favorite students and eventually became his son-in-law. Suk’s piano quartet holds a special place in their relationship: it was the first piece that made Dvořák fall in love with his talent. Dvořák was also a devoted family man, and he saved his 100th opus number for a special work for his children. The program ends with the young Brahms’s first piano quartet, which changed music history with its rousing gypsy ending.

Program

  • Dvorák Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100 (1893)
  • Suk Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1891)
  • Brahms Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 25 (1860-61)