apr 30 & may 1, 2020
2019/20 Beethoven In Focus
Beethoven + Mendelssohn
featuring Miró Quartet
Join concertmaster Margaret Batjer for remarkable chamber works by one of the most recognized and influential musicians of this period: Beethoven.
String Quartet No. 12
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
Beethoven & Mendelssohn
In Focus culminates with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E♭ major (1825), one of the composer’s late string quartets. Beethoven’s six late quartets, written in failing health, were dismissed by musicians and audiences of the day, but are now considered to be among the greatest musical compositions ever. Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 is contrasted with Mendelssohn’s Octet, written in the same year, but composed by Mendelssohn when he was just 16 years old.
Curated by concertmaster Margaret Batjer, In Focus features some of Beethoven’s most successful and popular chamber music.
In Focus takes place at two outstanding venues: Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church and the elegant Rothenberg Hall located at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. This provides convenience and accessibility for both West and Eastsiders – in essence, putting the Orchestra’s music where its audiences live.