The Washington Post praises Aizuri Quartet for “astounding” and “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique, and emotions.” The musicians — violinists Emma Frucht and Miho Saegusa, violist Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Karen Ouzounian — view the string quartet as a living art and a springboard for community, collaboration, curiosity, and experimentation.
- Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen by Clara Schumann
- String Quartet No. 4 in C Major by Béla Bartók
- Sivunittinni by Tanya Tagaq *
- String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 in B-flat Major, Sunrise, by Franz Joseph Haydn
Tracing a journey from darkness to dawn, and culminating in the warmth of Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet, the program explores the ways in which the atmosphere, psychological power, and political metaphor of the night have been inspirations for composers from the classical era to the present.
* Sivunittinni was commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a project of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. The score and parts are available for free online.
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Elinor C. Lewis
Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand
support provided by
John L. Brown Jr. and Marlynn Steele Sidehamer Endowment
Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment
A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.
Thank you to Penn State School of Music for hosting this presentation.