Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014


The Danish String Quartet

Coolidge Auditorium

“… joyous, effervescent” –Gramophone

The self-styled Vikings of the string quartet world storm the Coolidge Auditorium for a concert of music by masters of the quartet medium. The program opens with one of Haydn’s last quartets, the “Sunrise”— which sets 150 years later with Ligeti’s innovative first string quartet, Métamorphoses nocturnes. An early work of the prominent Danish composer Abrahamsen is a series of miniatures that leads to Beethoven’s compact “Serioso” quartet. Belying the modesty of this excellent group’s biography, The Danish String Quartet is more than “…simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard.” Photo credit: Caroline Bittencourt

This performance is SOLD OUT. However, a limited number of RUSH tickets is available, at no cost, 2 hours before each performance. Patrons are strongly encouraged to try for a RUSH ticket at the door. Due to no-shows and returned tickets, some seats are ALWAYS available for sold out performances at curtain. RUSH tickets are offered on a space-available basis. Seats are not guaranteed.


String Quartet in B-flat major, op. 76, no. 4 Hob. III: 78 (“Sunrise”)


String Quartet no.1 Métamorphoses nocturnes


String Quartet no. 1
10 Preludes for String Quartet


String Quartet in F minor, op. 95 (“Serioso”)

12:30 PM - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)

Conversation with the artists.