St. Lawrence String Quartet with Osvaldo Golijov • IN-PERSON
In the more than three decades since their inception, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has risen to prominence in international competitions and concert halls for their electrifying performances, ever-expanding repertoire and dedication to engagement with audiences, composers and emerging artists. With performances hailed as, “wickedly attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal) and “with a hint of rock ‘n roll energy” (LA Times), the Grammy-nominated quartet has thrilled listeners with their rousing interpretations of music by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Adams and Golijov. Residencies at renowned institutions such as Stanford University and Spoleto Festival USA along with collaborations with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic and Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony have reimagined the role of chamber music in the lives of concertgoers, students and young artists.
The 2021-22 season unveils their latest creation and collaborative endeavor with composer Osvaldo Golijov. The new octet for strings is a generously-crafted work for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and four locally based string players, highlighting a once-in-a-career opportunity for exceptional student artists or orchestral leaders in communities across North America. The performance at The Clarice will feature members of the Thalea Quartet, the School of Music’s Fellowship String Quartet. As conceived by Golijov, this chamber music experiment will, "explore the dimensions opened by combining an organism with its own breathing and metabolism, like a string quartet, (especially one that is "mature" as SLSQ) together with four individual players that come to orbit, interact and disrupt this organism.”
While visiting The Clarice, members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Osvaldo Golijov will visit the UMD School of Music’s Chamber Music Class, rehearse and perform works by student composers and will lead a pre-concert talk.