Literature in Music
Calidore String Quartet
Saturday, October 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 – 3:00 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theater
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.
TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet in D minor, Op. 11 “Accordion”
JANACEK Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 “Rasumovksy”
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 Calidore String Quartet demonstrated its splendidly matched tone, sounding like a single instrument instead of four.”
— New York Classical Review
“In short, the Calidores balanced intellect and expression in such a way as to make them a pleasure to hear all afternoon. Keep your ears out for these young musicians.”
— Los Angeles Times
“A miracle of unified thought.”
—La Presse, Montreal
“The quartet’s clarity in pianissimo passages also is extraordinary, and its intonation (the hardest thing of all in a medium that seems to amplify the tiniest flaw) is already world class.”
—The Washington Post