2020-21 season
(Click here for special project in 2021-22!)


NoteSLSQ is offering to include a community connection event with each engagement.  For more details please see the What Matters description.

Program 1) Haydn:  all six of the Op. 20 quartets.  

Presenting options include: all one concert (somewhat longer than a traditional show, with either one or two intermissions), as a mini-series of two concerts on consecutive evenings or afternoons, as a full day event (afternoon concert, dinner break, evening concert), or others you might think of.


Program 2) Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No.1

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5


Program 3) Beethoven/Adams:

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No.1

Adams: Second String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)


Program 4) Collaboration with pianist Gilles Vonsattel:

Haydn: One of the Op. 76 string quartets, TBA

Patricia Alessandrini: New Work for String Quartet and Piano (premiered at Stanford on May 17, 2020)

Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67


Program 5) Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421

Korngold: String Quartet No.3 in D Major, Op. 34

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10


Special Offering:  “Haydn Discovery”, an in-concert exploration of a Haydn string quartet as the first half of a program, led by Geoff Nuttall. 



In addition to the above collaboration with Gilles Vonsattel, other collaborations with pianists Stephen Prutsman, Inon Barnaton, and Anne-Marie McDermott can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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