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Haydn Voyages Season 3


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Feb 25 - Nov 11, 2018[days & times]
  • WHERE Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $10 - $60

The Hausmann Quartet and the Maritime Museum of San Diego present "Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime," a quarterly concert series aboard the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley.

Concerts aboard this National Historic Landmark, docked next to Star of India, will explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn's quartet cycle.

For those keeping score, The Hausmann Quartet count is 14 of 68. That means they've presented just over 20 percent of Haydn's the full catalog of quartets. Their overall goal is to perform the entire series, an ambitious feat.

This season's programs include:

Feb. 25: Early Years
The 2018 season opens with an exploration of Haydn's beginnings in the string quartet genre, featuring one of his opus 1 quartets along with an example of his more mature opus 9 works, written five years later. Ruth Crawford Seeger's Quartet 1931 is an American modernist masterpiece that put the young composer on the map, and Tina Tallon's selective defrosting from 2012 is an evocative, exciting work from an up-and-coming composer with San Diego roots.

May 6: Anniversaries
In a fascinating and varied program that will feature a world premiere by Stephen Prutsman, the Hausmann Quartet will present works celebrating significant anniversaries in 2018: Steve Reich's seminal Different Trains (composed 30 years in ago in 1988), along with Haydn's opus 55/1 (composed 230 years ago in 1788). Some of the earliest chamber music ever written (from 16th-century England) will round out this unique concert experience.

September 16: Form and Texture
A pair of Haydn Quartets frames two exquisitely crafted works from our modern era: Philip Glass' Company (composed in 1983 for a dramatization of Samuel Beckett's novella of the same name) and Marcos Balter's Chambers from 2012, described by one critic as "a mesmerizing plunge into icy musical depths...This is a gorgeous piece, well worth hearing again." The singular atmosphere of the Berkeley and San Diego harbor is sure to add to this exciting program.

November 11: Journeys on the Voyager
In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager Golden Record, which included selections of images, music, speech and sounds from around the world, into outer space. Beethoven's sublime Cavatina from his opus 130 quartet was the final piece of music, and the project was directed by Carl Sagan, whose request to turn the Voyager around portrait of Earth looking back on us as it was leaving the solar system from six billion miles away inspired David Ludwig's 2014 work Pale Blue Dot. One of Haydn's quartets from the time Beethoven studied with him completes this program. As Jimmy Carter said at the time of the Voyager's launch, "This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe."

Concert seating and refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. with music starting at 4 p.m. For additional details call (619) 432-2314.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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