CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS: Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet plays Beethoven & Rimsky

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St. Anna's Chapel

St Paul's Episcopal Church

166 High Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

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Founded in 1939, the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet of St. Petersburg is the oldest operating quartet in Russia. Hear them in the intimate setting of Newburyport's St. Anna's Chapel as they honor the 175th birthday of their namesake, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the impending 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

Beethoven's Quartet No. 11, also known as the Quarteto Serioso, was one of his most avant-garde. Exploring numerous musical techniques that were entirely unfamiliar in its time, it was, according to the composer himself, "written for a small circle of connoisseurs and is never to be performed in public." Composed in 1810 and premiered in 1814, this quartet reflected the tumultuous era of the Napoleonic Wars. It also presaged the innovations and power of Beethoven's late quartets.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a remarkable figure: a naval officer-turned composer, a pioneer of new music in Russia, who became a professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory at age 27 without any formal professional training. Despite his military training he was a political as well as musical progressive, who was dismissed from his teaching post when he tried to protect the students' right to political protest and expression during the failed 1905 Revolution. The St. Petersburg Conservatory would eventually be re-named in his memory in 1944, five years after the founding of the string quartet that bears his name.

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2:15 pm Doors open for seating (all tickets except VIP have unreserved seating)
2:30 pm Pre-Concert Talk by Anna Winestein, Executive Director of BRAI
3:00 pm Concert begins
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Quartet No. 11, "Serioso"

Intermission
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Quartet in G major, 1897

i. Allegro non troppo ii. Largo iii. Molto moderato (alla polacca) iv. Allegretto

Concert ends by 4:30, followed by Meet the Artist experience and reception for VIPs

The members of the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet– Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola) and Anton Andreev (cello) – are graduates of the prestigious Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and steeped in the grand tradition of Russian classical music. The quartet was founded in 1939, the oldest in Russia, and is regarded as a monument to Russian musical history. Since 1989, the group has regularly toured abroad in Europe, the US and Canada, and has appeared at numerous renowned music festivals throughout Europe and the Americas, to strong reviews.

Seating in the chapel is limited to 120, so tickets may sell out in advance of the concert. If spots are still available, payment at the door is accepted only via cash or check.

All seating except VIP (first two rows) is unassigned. Please come early for best choice of seating.

Tickets cannot be refunded but can be transferred to a different attendee.



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St. Anna's Chapel

St Paul's Episcopal Church

166 High Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

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