September 25-27, 2020

The beloved Brentano Quartet returns to open the season with their luxurious sound and warm personalities. Their concerts in Tulsa two years ago thrilled listeners with a stunning range of expressiveness, from hushed intensity to explosive exuberance. Join us for another exhilarating experience as these inspiring artists launch our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday!

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

Venue TBA

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for wine and hors d’oeuvres

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 17, No. 6

Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Westby Pavilion

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for wine and conversation

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 17, No. 6

Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

 

Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC

Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m.

Bach: Prelude in F Minor from Book 2 of

“The Well-Tempered Clavier”

Beethoven: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”

Bruce Adolphe: Coiled

Shostakovich: Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122

Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

Concert Highlight: Sunday 

The quartet explores the dark, coiled intensity of F Minor in a program centered on Beethoven’s most compact and brilliantly energetic quartet, nicknamed “Serioso.” Bruce Adolphe’s “Coiled,” written for the Brentano Quartet, responds to the turbulence and wild rhythms in Beethoven’s quartet. A Bach Prelude introduces F Minor as a key that feels as dark and dense as chocolate, and Mendelssohn’s eloquent music reflects his anguish after his beloved sister’s death.