April 26, 2020 – 3PM

*In acknowledgment of the COVID-19 concerns, We have decided to cancel our “Great Quartets” concert(April 26th, 2020 | 3PM)

Featuring a superb quartet of CPO musicians, this program pairs two of the most dramatic and weighty quartets ever written. Bartok wrote his Second Quartet in the midst of World War I. The work has a sense both of concentration and dramatic drive throughout its three movements. The progression of the piece is that of a classical tragedy, Shakespearean in scope and weight, and drives towards a devastating end.

Beethoven himself regarded the C sharp minor Quartet as his greatest. Perhaps anticipating Mahler’s assertion that a symphony must contain ‘the whole world’, Beethoven seems to have designed Op. 131 to embrace a vast range of forms, textures and emotions.



Hyewon Grillet-Kim, violin

Erin Burkholder, violin

Marcin Swoboda, viola

Danny Poceta, cello



Swoboda          World Premiere

Bartok              String Quartet No. 2

Beethoven        String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131



St. Stephen’s Anglican Church , located at 1121 – 14th Avenue, S.W. Calgary

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