The Saint John String Quartet is joined on stage by Symphony New Brunswick’s principal bass player, Andrew Miller in a concert featuring these SNB musicians as a String Quintet.


The lush sound of the string quartet is enhanced by the extra bass voice. The addition of the extra lower string adds exponentially to the sounds and to the overtones; the listener will hear each string voice individually and in concert with its relatives in this exciting program.

There are four concerts in this tour:

Thursday, May 31, 2018, Fredericton: STU, McCain Hall, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 2, 2018, Moncton: Resurgo Place, 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018, Saint John: SJ Arts Centre, 2 pm

Friday, June 8, 2018, Sussex: St Francis Xavier, 7:30 pm

Ticket available at the door, Capitol or Imperial Theatres
 $26 adults/ $10 students

Program

Hétu Adagio et Rondo Op 3 No 1a (1960)
Glass                        String Quartet No 2                    
Dvořák                         Nocturne in Bb Op 40              
Glazunov                         String quintet in A Major Op 39

 

A few words about the program

Jacques Hétu is a Canadian Composer who studied in Canada and France. His style is considered neo-classical and neo-romantic while using 20th century effects.

Philip Glass is a contemporary American composer famous for his minimalist style

Dvorak is a composer of mostly lush orchestral works and this depth of feeling is very evident in his chamber music as well. This work originated as the slow movement, Andante religioso, of Dvořák’s early string quartet, No. 4 in E minor, of 1870, which was unpublished in his lifetime.

The main piece of the concert is the Glazunov Quintet. This piece is very Russian, very romantic and the sound of the bass added to the usual string quartet broadens out the sound to embrace the audience in the grand romance of the music.

Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865 – 21 March 1936) was a Russian composer, music teacher, and conductor of the late Russian Romantic period. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between 1905 and 1928 and was instrumental in the reorganization of the institute into the Petrograd Conservatory, then the Leningrad Conservatory, following the Bolshevik Revolution. He continued heading the Conservatory until 1930, though he had left the Soviet Union in 1928 and did not return. The best-known student under his tenure during the early Soviet years was Dmitri Shostakovich.

Glazunov was significant in that he successfully reconciled nationalism and cosmopolitanism in Russian music. Younger composers such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich eventually considered his music old-fashioned, while also admitting he remained a composer with an imposing reputation, and a stabilizing influence in a time of transition and turmoil.