Emerson String Quartet
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Grammy® Award-winning Emerson String Quartet presents a program of works inspired by the overwhelming power of love and desire. Leoš Janácek subtitled his work Intimate Letters, alluding to the more than 700 letters he exchanged with Kamila Stösslová, a woman 38 years his junior. Alban Berg found a secret muse for his Lyric Suite in Hanna Fuchs-Robettin, with whom he had a 10-year affair. And upon meeting Mathilde von Zemlinsky, who he would later marry, Arnold Schoenberg needed only three weeks to compose Verklärte Nacht, based on a Richard Dehmel poem about two lovers walking through a forest on a dark night.
Gerard McBurney, the CSO’s Artistic Advisor and long-time friend and colleague of the Emerson String Quartet, will provide an insightful examination of the romantic and erotic themes present in the post-Tristan works by Schoenberg, Berg and Janácek featured on this evening’s performance.
This lecture will take place in Grainger Ballroom at 7 p.m. and is free to all ticket holders.
Janácek String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters)
Berg Lyric Suite
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
This performance is part of the:
Symphony Center Presents Chamber Series >
Preconcert Conversation Information
Preconcert conversations with Gerard McBurney. 30 minute run-time.
Wed, April 10, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom