Acclaimed Amernet String Quartet San Miguel Debut
By Mittie Roger
Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” performance by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has earned worldwide acclaim and recognition as one of the most exceptional current string quartets. Their debut performances at St. Paul’s church on calle Cardo will include quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, and Victor Ullman on Friday, February 20, and then quartets by Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski, as well as Frank Bridges “Noveletten,” on Saturday, February 21.
Pro Musica Concert Series
The Amernet String Quartet
Feb 20 and Feb 21, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
The quartet was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. In 2004, they became the Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. The Amernet String Quartet quickly garnered international attention for their first season’s performances, winning the gold medal in Tokyo at the International Music Competition. The group has played at many of the world’s greatest venues, such as Washington’s Kennedy Center and in Mexico at the Cervantino Festival.
On Friday, the quartet will play one of Beethoven’s final compositions, the String Quartet in C, which represents a summit in his musical composition. After Beethoven’s nephew Karl attempted suicide, Baron Joseph von Stutterheim accepted him into the army and in order to show his gratitude, Beethoven dedicated this quartet to Stutterheim. Interestingly, it was Beethoven’s favorite of the late quartets. Schubert said, upon hearing it, “After this, what is left for us to write?”
As well as Haydn’s famous Quartet in G Major, the concert will also feature Austrian composer Viktor Ullman’s work. His ancestors were assimilated Jews who had held prestigious civil and military positions in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but despite being a Catholic, he was detained as a Jew in 1942 and ultimately sent to Auschwitz in 1944, where he died in the gas chamber. Ullman’s romantic Quartet No. 3 is a testament to the Viennese and expressionistic qualities of his work, as well as the violence that ended his life and also ends the final quartet.
On Saturday, the Amernet will perform Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Opus 22, which was described by Tchaikovsky himself as “my best composition; none of my works flowed out of me so simply and easily.” The first performance’s famous players included violinist Leopold Auer and cellist Karl Davidoff. The quartet will play Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2, composed in 1927, which combines a progressive dissonant harmonic style with soft romanticism. Born in the Ukraine, he grew up in Warsaw as a Polish nationalist. Musically, he was greatly influenced by Wagner among other German composers, and became director of the Warsaw Conservatory.
Tickets for the concert at Angela Peralta theater are 150, 200, 350, and 400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; at La Conexión (only at Aldama 3); at the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time. Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at email@example.com.