Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet

March 22-23, 2014

“Few quartets . . . have this much personality.”
 Philadelphia Inquirer

This vibrant ensemble from England made its North American debut in 2012 to great acclaim, including a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. For three years, they were part of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists program. The Elias’s concerts and educational outreach in Tulsa are part of their three-year Beethoven Project, which will culminate with a recording of the complete Beethoven quartets.

Note: The programs for these concerts have been adjusted at the request of the quartet.

Saturday Salon Concert, March 22, 2014
7:30 p.m. Westby Pavilion
7:00 p.m. Doors open for wine and conversation
Beethoven:  Quartet in C-minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Beethoven:  Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)
Donald Grant:  Scottish folk arrangements

Sunday, March 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. Williams Theatre 2:15 p.m. Pre-concert Lecture
Haydn: Quartet in F-Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Sally Beamish: “Reed Stanzas”
Beethoven: Quartet in E-Minor, Op. 59, No. 2

Special Event: Emotion in Beethoven

Friday March 21, 2014 7:30 p.m. Harwelden Mansion
As part of The Elias String Quartet’s ‘Beethoven Project’, the quartet is sharing valuable insights into Beethoven’s string quartets from a player’s perspective. They will begin with an overview of the different ways in which Beethoven changed and revolutionized the musical language, particularly with regards to expressing emotions. Then they will explore various excerpts from the quartets and how Beethoven conveys an extreme range of emotions in his music, showing how resourceful Beethoven is in constantly creating an endless variety of subtle emotions. Join us at 7:00 p.m. for wine and conversation.

Learn more about the Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet Website

Website dedicated to the Elias String Quartet’s four-year Beethoven Project

Sally Beamish Reed Stanzas: radio interview and premiere performance (audio only) from BBC Proms

Scottish folk songs, though not the piece they will play in Tulsa (audio only)