Excelsa Heads to Graz: An Evening of Music in Memory of Barbara K. Steppel

Excelsa Heads to Graz: An Evening of Music in Memory of Barbara K. Steppel

Friday, January 30, 2015 . 8PM
Excelsa Quartet
Excelsa Quartet
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Excelsa Quartet

Violin Laura Colgate

Violin Audrey Wright

Viola Valentina Shohdy

Cello Kacy Clopton

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1 hour 30 minutes

Send your best wishes to Excelsa Quartet at their final concert before the Schubert and Modern Music Chamber Music Competition in Graz, Austria.

With the program they present this evening, the quartet will compete against twenty other elite string quartets from around the world.


  • Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat, D. 112
    I. Allegro ma non troppo
    II. Andante sostenuto
    III. Minuetto
    IV. Presto
  • Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
    I. Andante - Con moto - Allegro
    II. Adagio - Vivace
    III. Moderato - Andante - Adagio
    IV. Allegro - Andante - Adagio
  • Thomas Adès: "Arcadiana" (1994)
    V. L'Embarquement
    VI. O Albion
    VII. Lethe
  • Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life"
    I. Allegro vivo appassionato
    II. Allegro moderato à la Polka
    III. Largo sostenuto
    ​IV. Vivace

Excelsa’s travel to Austria has been made possible by a generous gift from the Steppel family in loving memory of Barbara K. Steppel. The quartet says, “As an all-female quartet, we are privileged to honor an outstanding woman who served as a role model and spread the joy of music by teaching and playing the cello.”


To follow Excelsa's journey to Austria, look for #EQinGraz on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Starting in the second round of the competition, the performances will be streamed live online at schubert.kug.ac.at.