2019-20 (30th anniversary) 

 Noteto celebrate their 30th year of connecting, SLSQ is offering to include a community connection event with each engagement.  For more details please see the What Matters description.

Master list of pieces offered:

John Adams:  First String Quartet (composed in 2008 for SLSQ)

John Adams:  Second String Quartet (composed in 2015 for SLSQ)

Samuel Carl Adams:  Five Pieces for String Quartet (composed in 2013 for SLSQ)

Beethoven:  Quartet in C-minor, Op. 18, No. 4

Beethoven:  Quartet in C-Major, Op. 59, No. 3

Beethoven:  Quartet in C#-minor, Op. 131

Beethoven:  Quartet in F-Major, Op. 135

Brahms:  Quartet in A-minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Alban Berg:  Quartet, Op. 3
Debussy: String Quartet in G-minor, Op. 10

Osvaldo Golijov:  “Yiddishbbuk” (composed in 1992 for SLSQ)

Haydn:  Quartet Op. 20, No 1 in Eb-Major

Haydn:  Quartet Op. 20, No. 2 in C-Major

Haydn:  Quartet Op. 20, No. 3 in G-minor

Haydn:  Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 in D-Major

Haydn:  Quartet Op. 20, No. 5 in F-Minor

Haydn:  Quartet, Op. 20, No. 6 in A-Major

Korngold:  String Quartet No. 3 in D-Major, Op. 34 (1945)

Mozart:  Quartet in D-minor, K. 421

R. Murray Schafer:  String Quartet No. 3 (1981)

Saint-Saens: String Quartet No. 1 in E-minor, Op. 112

Commissions (to commemorate SLSQ’s 30th anniversary):

Osvaldo Golijov:  New Work

Douglas Balliett:  New Work


Special Offering:  “Haydn Discovery, an in-concert exploration of a Haydn string quartet as the first half of a program, led by Geoff Nuttall.  Please choose from any of:  Op. 20/2, 20/3, 20/4, 20/5.



With pianist Stephen Prutsman:  any standard piano quintet along with those of Korngold and Amy Beach.  Also S Prutsman’s original score to Buster Keaton’s silent film “College” (with a screening of the film).


With pianist Inon Barnatan:  Shostakovich piano quintet or Schumann piano quintet


With pianist Anne-Marie McDermott:  Amy Beach piano quintet or Dvorak piano quintet

Program construction guidelines:

 (Note:  these are just some first ideas – many other combinations from the master list are possible)


 A THREE CONCERT CELEBRATION OF SLSQ’s 30-YEAR HISTORY - presenters may book the 3 concert series, or take any one or two


1a) All six of the Haydn Op. 20 string quartets


1b) Contemporary works strongly associated with SLSQ:  Golijov “Yiddishbbuk”; R. Murray Schafer “Quartet No. 3” // John Adams “First String Quartet”


1c) Traditional program:  Mozart K. 421; Berg Op. 3 // Beethoven Op. 131 or Brahms Op. 51/2 (presenter choice)


2) California composers:  Samuel Carl Adams:  “Five Pieces”; Korngold Quartet No. 3 // John Adams “Second String Quartet”


3) All Beethoven program:  Op. 18, No. 4; Op. 135 // Op. 131 or Op. 59, No. 3 (presenter choice)


4) Mozart K. 421; Debussy//Saint-Saens No. 1

5) Debussy; Samuel Adams "Five Pieces" //Saint-Saens No. 1

6) 30th Anniversary New SLSQ Commission Sandwich:  Haydn (any from Op. 20); Golijov new work // Douglas Balliett new work; Haydn (any from Op. 20) or Mozart K. 421


7) 30th Anniversary Historical SLSQ Commission Sandwich:  Haydn (any from Op. 20); John Adams “Second String Quartet” // Golijov “Yiddishbbuk”;  Haydn (any from Op. 20) or Mozart K. 421


8) Haydn Discovery:  first half will be an exploration (with commentary) of one of the Haydn Op. 20 quartets selected by presenter, with second half drawn from the master list.(no commentary). 

What Matters –celebrating 30 years of St. Lawrence String Quartet connections!


Since 1989, the SLSQ has been celebrated for connecting deeply with audiences through their concert performances. But resounding with equal force for SLSQ are their frequent experiences – so often requested - around and “to the side” of these formal presentations. In their home community at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area, SLSQ has in this way mentored thousands of musicians, young and old, professional and amateur, and given personally relevant musical experiences to many thousands more.    


Guided by ground rules of community, relevance and connection, for their 30th anniversary the SLSQ proposes a WHAT MATTERS season, adapting and introducing some of their most meaningful local initiatives into the environments of presenters across the country. In 2019-2020, Geoff, Lesley, Chris and Owen will be focusing on projects with presenters that include but also reach beyond the usual concert hall paradigm. The details will differ, but the aims are unified: to make music a more vital presence everywhere they go. 


Some examples may include

  • visits to hospitals, shelters, prisons and other places where live music is rarely heard

  • Mentoring and shadowing opportunities for ambitious young musicians

  • Facilitating gatherings of passionate amateur musicians

  • Giving presentations for and with University departments in Law, Engineering, Math, Business, and Medicine

  • Consultation and follow-up guidance, helping presenters explore and get out into their communities in new ways


  • SLSQ intends to charge no additional fee for a What Matters event that takes place on the same day as a traditional concert, or the following morning if SLSQ travel allows (limit of one extra event per concert day)

  • While SLSQ will gladly help to brainstorm potential partnerships, presenters are responsible for identifying and maintaining primary contact with all community partners

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