Program of works by Dvorák’s and Martinu also welcomes guest artists Jonathan Vinocour, viola; and Robert Huw Morgan, harmonium
Stanford University’s Grammy-nominated resident ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, continues its annual Sunday series with Stanford Live on January 12, 2014 at 2:30pm in Bing Concert Hall. The performance is notable for two milestones: it kicks off the group’s 25th year and also marks the farewell appearance by departing second violinist Scott St. John, who cedes his chair to fellow Canadian Mark Fewer in January.
“Working with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for the past seven years has been a fantastic experience,” wrote St. John. “Every member of St. Lawrence String Quartet is an inspired colleague and also a friend, and one could not ask for a more supportive environment at Stanford, or a more thrilling concert dynamic within the ensemble. While the decision to leave has been difficult, recently my own family obligations have become more important, and I look forward to being a full-time father when my family is settled inCanada.”
St. John’s last St. Lawrence String Quartet concert will be an all-Bohemian program featuring Dvorák’s Bagatelles, op. 47, and String Quintet in E flat, op. 97, with guest violist Jonathan Vinocour of the San Francisco Symphony. Rounding out the concert is Martinu’s String Quartet No. 5, with Stanford organist Robert Huw Morgan joining the SLSQ on the harmonium.
Incoming violinist Mark Fewer is already well acquainted with the SLSQ, having substituted for two members during their brief paternity leaves. He will re-locate from Montreal’s McGill University, where he has been associate professor of violin since 2007.
Later this season, the SLSQ returns to Stanford Live twice more: first in a special free Good Friday concert, featuring Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross (April 18), then with soprano Jessica Rivera (April 27). Stanford Live’s Sundays with the St. Lawrence series is presented in partnership with Music at Stanford and is supported by Paul and Iris Brest.
Farewell 2014 Concert