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Complete Shostakovich String Quartets: Year Two 

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they complete the second of two seasons exploring the complete string quartets of Shostakovich. Renowned musicologist, author and composer Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout these matinee concerts.

Alexander String Quartet
A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartet is equally beloved in its second home: the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The group returns for its 18th consecutive  Mondavi Center season. 

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. 

*Seats for this popular series are very limited, at this time we only have single seats available.

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 7 and 8 on this program. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 9, 10 and 11 on this program. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 12 and 13 on this program. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 2:00pm

Join the Alexander String Quartet as they explore the complete string quartets of Shostakovich over two seasons, performing Quartets 14 and 15 on this program. 

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