Music and literature are intertwined in this performance of art inspiring art. Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet reportedly brought the author Leo Tolstoy to tears; while Beethoven’s impassioned middle period writing inspired Tolystoy to pen his novella, “The Kreutzer Sonata.” In turn, Tolstoy’s novella inspired Janacek’s quartet of the same title.
HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5 “The Lark”
JANÁČEK Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
BEETHOVEN Quartet, Op. 12
The Calidore String Quartet—violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi—has been described by Gramophone as “the epitome of confidence and finesse,” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.” David Finckel of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center calls the Calidore a “dynamic and intelligent ensemble who have already demonstrated skill and maturity beyond their collective years, showing seemingly endless potential.” That potential has come to fruition with recent accolades, including the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize, the largest prize for chamber music in the world.
The concerts are Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $25 to $45 and are available online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202. $10 student tickets are available at the door with current student ID.