Oct 29 Fri

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This concert celebrates friendship and family with three composers who mentored and inspired each other. Brahms discovered Dvorák through a composition competition, helped him rise to international stardom, and became his lifelong friend and mentor. In turn, Suk was one of Dvorák’s favorite students and eventually became his son-in-law. Suk’s piano quartet holds a special place in their relationship: it was the first piece that made Dvorák fall in love with his talent. Dvorák was also a devoted family man, and he saved his 100th opus number for a special work for his children. The program ends with the young Brahms’s first piano quartet, which changed music history with its rousing ending.

Dvorák | Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100 (1893) 
Suk | Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1891) 
Brahms | Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 25 (1860-61) 

Wu Han, piano 
Arnaud Sussmann, violin 
Matthew Lipman, viola 
David Finckel, cello 

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