"The Juilliard still plays, magically, like a single four-voiced instrument, and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world."
Seligman Performing Arts Center
Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3
7pm, Free to ticket-holders.
Making their fifth visit to the CMSD is as many years, and their first with the newest member of the Quartet, first violinist Areta Zhulla, the Juilliard String Quartet brings to the stage a tradition of chamber music excellence stretching as far back as the CMSD. Founded in 1946, this great ensemble has constantly reinvented itself, an evolutionary process that has refined the very definition of American chamber music, in their own performances and through their mentoring of generations of young musicians.
This year’s Signature Series concert stays true to the JSQ’s founding mission: to play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new. On the program are an early Beethoven masterpiece, a new work to be completed in 2018, and Antonin Dvorak’s beloved “American” String Quartet, written as the composer resided in the United States as a leader of the National Conservatory of Music in New York, an important precursor to the Juilliard School of Music where the JSQ has been in residence since they were founded.