Astonishing Chamber Music with the Vega String Quartet
By Mittie Roger
Pro Musica is thrilled to welcome the Vega String Quartet, leaders of a new generation of chamber music, to the stage for two performances on Saturday January 17 at 5 pm and Sunday January 18 at 4 pm at St. Paul’s church on Calle Cardo. The New York Times described their performance as having “a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along…the musicians took real risks in their music making…”
Pro Musica Concert Series
Vega String Quartet
Sat, Jan 17, 5pm
Sun, Jan 18, 4pm
St. Paul’s Church
For their debut concerts in San Miguel they will be playing two delightful repertoires.
On Saturday, the Vega will perform the Quartet in F Major by Beethoven, from the beginning of the second period of his compositions, just as he began to lose his hearing. This loss freed him in many ways of the influence that marked his earlier works and propelled him into creating from the deepest desires of his heart and mind. The second movement was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, giving it an atmosphere of tragic, profound sadness. Also included in the program is Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor, a requiem for his sister and dearest friend, Fanny. Aside from these classical works, the Vega will also play some unique international music, such as “The Song of Ch’in” by Pulitzer Prize winning Zhou Long.
On Sunday they will offer Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, the second of six “Haydn” Quartets. Dedicated to Haydn, these compositions set a template for string quartet form. Although Haydn was 24 years older than Mozart, they were close friends, admiring each other’s work and often playing chamber music together. Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, a middle-period quartet, doesn’t follow the classical template of this period; Beethoven explored the boundaries of his own creative expression in a new form, adapting 13 fiddle tunes for this work.
Touring worldwide, the Vega is currently the quartet in residence at Emory University. They appeared at Carnegie Hall and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Named on Carnegie Hall’s New York City Neighborhood Concert series, the Vega has made a name for themselves for their precision and empathy. Live broadcasts of the Vega’s vibrant performances have appeared on NPR’s Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Radio France, and many others.
This is the outstanding review The New York Times gave their performance: “The music simply took over and created a space of its own. The musicians played with a deceptive simplicity and fluidity that made difficult passages seem childlike in their straightforwardness. Big, strong playing…excellent ensemble. Crisp, clear precision.”Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 120, 250, and 350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; La Conexión (only at Aldama 3 and Libramiento a Dolores 105), and at the concert half an hour before performance time.
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