program offerings for 2021-22 season


Note:  To 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.


Individual works:

Bartók: String Quartet #2
Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
Dvorak: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106
Franck: String Quartet in D minor
Osvaldo Golijov:  New octet for SLSQ plus 4 local string players (see below)
Haydn:  Quartet Op. 76, No 1 in G-Major
Haydn:  Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 in D-Minor (“Fifths”)
Haydn:  Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 in C-Major (“Emperor”)
Haydn:  Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 in Bb-Major
Haydn:  Quartet Op. 76, No. 5 in D-Major
Haydn:  Quartet, Op. 76, No. 6 in Eb-Major
Korngold: String Quartet #3 in D Major, Op. 34
Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 428


Osvoldo Golijov new project (see here for more)

SLSQ are thrilled to announce a new creation and a unique collaborative venture: an octet for strings by the renowned Osvaldo Golijov. The new work offers presenters an opportunity to foster an unusual collaboration and connection between a long-established ensemble (in this case, the SLSQ) and four locally based “solo" string players (two violins, viola, cello), who may in fact be soloists, orchestral section leaders, or exceptionally talented conservatory or university students.


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



SLSQ is happy to collaborate with various musicians including pianists Gilles Vonsattel, Stephen Prutsman, Inon Barnaton, and Anne-Marie McDermott.  These 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



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