Baylor's Faculty String Quartet Performs Little-Known Gems

February 5, 2021
Members of the Baylor University School of Music’s string faculty will perform a virtual concert called “Apéritif: Little-Known Gems from the String Quartet Repertoire” on Sunday, March 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Due to bad weather, this event was postponed from February 20.
The concert will be presented without an in-person audience, but viewers at home can enjoy the performance by going to the School of Music website for an online live-streaming opportunity.
The faculty artists who will participate are Eka Gogichashvili (violin), Patricia Shih (violin), Kathryn Steely (viola), and Philip Borter (cello).
Opening the program will be the String Quartet in C major, Op. 1, No. 1, by the Guadeloupe-born French composer/violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This two-movement work dates from the year 1773, when the composer was twenty-eight.
Next, the four string players will perform the second movement, “Serenade,” from English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Five Fantasy Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 5. These chamber works were written in 1895.
Felix Mendelssohn’s talented older sister, Fanny, composed her String Quartet in E-flat major in 1834, and it is listed as number 277 in the Hellwig-Unruh catalogue of her works. The Baylor performers will play its second movement, “Allegretto.”
Polish composer Gra┼╝yna Bacewicz wrote her String Quartet No. 4 in 1950, and it was awarded First Prize in the Liège International String Quartet Competition. The Baylor concert will offer the work’s third and final movement, marked “Allegro giocoso.”
American songwriter and composer George Gershwin’s Lullaby for string quartet was a student work, written in 1919 when Gershwin was twenty-one years old. The work did not receive its public premiere until 1967 when the Juilliard Quartet played it at the Library of Congress.
Although no in-person audience can be admitted, this event is live-streamed by clicking here.
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