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The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, but is equally beloved in its second home: The Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The group returns for its 17th consecutive year on the Mondavi Center season. 

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons. 

Dimitri Shostakovich 
The musical career of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) mirrored exactly the rise and history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1975. He entered the Petrograd Conservatory at the very end of the Tsarist era; he witnessed the Revolution and began his career during Lenin’s rule; he was nearly purged twice by Stalin; he flourished under Khrushchev and died while Brezhnev was in power. Shostakovich was a survivor and a great composer, and his fear and self-loathing, his courage and experience found their way into his music. As such, Shostakovich is not just the most important composer of string quartets and symphonies from the 1920s to the 1970s; even more, he and his music stand as witnesses to the rise and failures of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century. 

Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout these matinee concerts. 

Individual Support Provided By

> Thomas and Phyllis Farver
> Anne Gray

 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 1 and  2 on this program.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 3 and 4 on this program. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 5 and 6 on this program. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Mondavi Center is a proud co-commissioner of a new work by Samuel Adams for the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang. This special event presents Adams’ quintet alongside two treasured pieces of chamber music by Mozart and Brahms.  

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