Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the now internationally recognized American String Quartet is reaching the ripe age of forty. Hmmm … so it’s probably not such a wonder they’re exploring the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schubert, none of whom lived to see his fortieth birthday.
In its second program of the 2014 Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, the American String Quartet, with cellist Alan Stepansky, and Linda Chesis on flute, perform a program entitled “Only the Good Die Young” delving into the maturity, depth and talent demonstrated by the timeless geniuses of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schubert—perhaps even more remarkable given their young ages at the time of their deaths.
The program is to include:
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) — Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K285
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) — String Quartet in E flat , Op.12
- Franz Schubert (1797-1828) — String Quintet in C major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163
The American String Quartet is:
- Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violins
- Daniel Avshalomov, viola
- Wolfram Koessel, cello
If you haven’t made it to Cooperstown yet to take in the Glimmerglass Festival or the chamber music at the Star Theater, here’s your chance to top off a leisurely day in the country. Go … enjoy … take in the music!