An Italian Journey: Tesla Quartet Performs Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence
Monday, September 17, 7:30 PM
Prelude carillon concert from 7:10–7:25 p.m. featuring
University Carillonneur, Professor Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
Music performance followed by reception
Inspired by numerous pleasurable escapes from harsh Russian winters, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s love of Italy is reflected in his much-loved String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 Souvenir de Florence. Cherished as a master composer of symphonies and ballets, Tchaikovsky crafted a work that is richly developed and colorfully infused with well-known Italian street songs and melodies. It is a musical triumph and a perennial chamber music favorite.
Featuring the internationally acclaimed Tesla Quartet, winners of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Second Prize, Haydn Prize, and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, our program will open with the virtuosic and hauntingly beautiful Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn. Grand Valley music faculty members, Paul Swantek, viola, and Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello, will join the ensemble for Souvenir de Florence.
Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” by The International Review of Music and dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, The Tesla Quartet is one of the rising stars in string chamber music and this is a prime opportunity to experience the masterful musicianship.
2017: The Timeless Genius of Mozart: The Grand Partita, KV 361
2016: Emerging Romanticism: the Ying Quartet Performs the Early Viennese Chamber Music of Beethoven
2014: Pioneers of American Musical Theatre: Music from the Lost Operettas of John Philip Sousa
2013: Music from La Belle Époque: Chamber Music for Winds from Turn-of-the-Century Paris
2012: Music for the "Era of Good Feelings": Beethoven in Federalist America
2011: A Night in Hapsburg Vienna: From the Marriage of Figaro to Fidellio as arranged for Wind Harmonie