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Acclaimed Amernet String Quartet Returns for Two Concerts

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By Mittie Roger

The Amernet String Quartet has been hailed for its “exceptional technical ability,” “intelligence,” and “musical integrity” by the New York Times. Prepare to be dazzled by the old world flavor of one of America’s greatest current ensembles as they return to San Miguel de Allende for two unforgettable concerts on Friday and Sunday, January 11 and 13, at St Paul’s Church.

Formed in 1991, while its founding members were studying at the Juilliard School, the Amernet String Quartet quickly gained international fame, winning the gold medal in Tokyo at the International Music Competition. Currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, they have performed extensively around the world, including Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. They also collaborate with many of today’s most prominent artists, such as the Tokyo and Ying quartets, and push the envelope with new avant-garde recordings like their album, Dissenting Voices, which features rare works by important composers such as Shostakovich.

On Friday, audiences will delight in Mozart, Dohnányi, and Beethoven quartets, among others. Mozart’s String Quartet in D major, known as the Hoffmeister quartet, was dedicated to Mozart’s friend, Anton Hoffmeister. It remains a stand-alone quartet between the six quartets dedicated to Hayden and Mozart’s Prussian quartets.

Dohnányi was a spectacular composer, chamber musician, and pianist in his time. While composing and climbing in the Dolomites in 1906, he created this Quartet in D-flat. Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet comes from his middle period, focusing on individuality, delving into experimental and avant-garde techniques and concepts. Like Mozart’s Hoffmeister, Beethoven’s is also a stand-alone quartet, the first not included in a group.

On Sunday, concertgoers will enjoy Schubert, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky quartets and more. Schubert composed the String Quartet No 13, the Rosamunde quartet, during a period when he focused on chamber music. He dedicated it to Beethoven’s friend, the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, who performed its première.

Commissioned by the Hellmesberger Quartet—which performed, and in some cases premièred works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms—Dvořák’s Quartet in C Major is a compositional gem.

Tchaikovsky is known for his big-hearted ballets and orchestral works, and his Quartet is an example of how he is able to convey such sentiments on a smaller scale but still exhibit many of his grander compositional traits. Not caring for the limelight, he disliked conducting, although he was avidly sought after and ultimately gave in, conducting the première at Carnegie Hall as an act of duty to promote Russian music.

Tickets for the concert at St Paul’s are 150, 350, and 450 pesos donation each and are on sale at the Tesoros shop in the Biblioteca Pública; Solutions, Recreo 11; through our website with no booking fee; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Concert

Pro Musica concert series presents Amernet String Quartet

Fri and Sun, Jan 11 and 13, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 300, and 400 pesos

 

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