December 4, 2022
Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 for two violins and viola
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
January 15, 2023
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Op. 96 “American”
String Quintet in E Major, Op. 97
Run time: 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission
April 2, 2023
String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105
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 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 and will feature Robert Greenberg's lecture on each piece followed by a full performance of the same piece.
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.