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Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg

Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 2:00pm

A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartet is equally beloved in its second home, the Mondavi Center. This year the quartet appears with new violist David Samuel joining cellist Sandy Wilson, and violinists Fred Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo. All Alexander String Quartet performances will take place in Jackson Hall.

This performance will begin promptly at 2 p.m., with a Robert Greenberg lecture on the Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello & Harmonium followed by a full performance of that piece. Following the intermission, Greenberg will speak again on the Quartet for Piano & Strings in E-flat Major, followed by a full performance of that piece. 

Robert Greenberg 

Greenberg has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994.

The Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák 

No nineteenth century composer wrote chamber music more joyful, more melodically brilliant, more accessible, and more compositionally sound than did the Bohemian born and bred Antonin Dvořák  (1841-1904). Protégé of Johannes Brahms, father of nine children (all with his first and only wife); beloved teacher, conductor, violinist, and pianist, Dvořák was perhaps, along with Joseph Haydn, the nicest, kindest, least neurotic person ever to become a major composer. Like Haydn, Dvořák created a body of musical work remarkable for its straightforward expressive content, its humor, humanity, grace and technical polish.  

Sunday, December 5, 2pm: 
D Minor String Quartet, Op. 34 (1877) 
E-flat Major String Quartet, Op. 51 (1879) 
Sunday, January 30, 2pm: 
Cypresses for String Quartet (1887) 
Quintet in G Major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello & Double Bass, Op. 77 (1875)
Guest artist: Steven D’Amico, double bass
Sunday, May 15, 2pm: 
Bagatelles for Two Violins, Cello & Harmonium, Op. 47 (1878)
Quintet for Piano & Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (1889)
Guest Artist: Jeffrey LaDeur, harmonium and piano  

This event will have a printed program. You will also be able to access the program through the new Mondavi Center Mobile app in both web and mobile app versions here.


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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 2:00pm
Jackson Hall

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  • Thomas and Phyllis Farver