The Left Bank Quartet (David Salness and Sally McLain, violins; Katherine Murdock, viola; and Evelyn Elsing, cello), is joined by pianist Edward Newman in a performance of two highly-decorated English composers with vividly contrasting techniques: Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 is laser-sharp, a frisson of compressed energy and sparkling virtuosity, while Edward Elgar’s late Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 is opulently sonorous, imbued with an acceptance, accrued over a long life, that wisdom is elusive. An early String Quartet, No. 16 in A major (Op. 9, No. 6) by Franz Joseph Haydn, “father of the string quartet,” opens the program. The concert is part of the Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Event begins at 3:00PM
Presented by: The Left Bank Concert Society
Featured Artist(s): The Left Bank Quartet, with pianist Edward Newman