Da Camera presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet in "The Birth of the String Quartet: Haydn Discovery"
Da Camera's 2014-15 season celebrates "Inventors and Explorers," outstanding creative figures who changed the course of history in music, science and visual art. Da Camera kicks off the season with musical inventor Franz Joseph Haydn, the originator of the quintessential chamber music ensemble — the string quartet.
In the "Haydn Discovery" portion of the concert, violinist Geoff Nuttall and the St. Lawrence Quartet challenge the notion that Haydn is the "opening act" — pleasant, unchallenging music to set the stage for the real "meat" of the program. The audience will rediscover Haydn as Nuttall passionately makes the case for him as the greatest composer of all time.
Nuttall and the quartet break down Haydn's String Quartet No. 62 in C Major "Emperor" before playing it in its entirety. The St. Lawrence Quartet brings the program to a fiery close with one of Beethoven's most thrilling masterpieces, String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.