November 5, 2022 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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“Paris at Dawn: Revolutionary Quartets”: The Cramer Quartet (Academy of Early Music).

This New York-based string quartet, dedicated to playing a Classical and early Romantic repertoire using period instruments, has been praised for its stylish, nuanced interpretations and visionary approach. Tonight’s program includes string quartets by 3 little-known 18th-century French composers. First, a rarely heard piece by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in which melodies colored with early romanticism pass between two violins. Bologna was a Paris-based Creole violin virtuoso and prolific composer who is the first known classical composer of African ancestry. Next, works from the Jadin brothers—Hyacinthe and Louis-Emmanuel—who were born in Versailles and led active musical lives in Paris. Hyacinthe’s Op. 1 works anticipate the musical style and harmonic evolution of Schubert, and Louis-Emmanuel’s piece mixes 18th-century form with a pre-Romantic sensibility. The Cramer Quartet is made up of violinists Jessica Park and Chiara Fasani Stauffer, violist Keats Dieffenbach, and cellist Shirley Hunt. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians. 8 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty St. Tickets $30 (seniors age 65 & over, $25; students, $10) in advance by Oct. 28 at or by phone; $5 more after Oct. 28. 228–4338.

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