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St. Lawrence String Quartet

Cherished for its expressive, freewheeling animation and passionate interpretations, Stanford’s own St. Lawrence String Quartet is joined by the internationally celebrated baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer.

In a first-time collaboration, Mohr Visiting Artist Majel Connery and the St.

Founded by Canadian-born first violinist Geoff Nuttall and violist Lesley Robertson, brilliant stewards and teachers of the classical canon and the collaborative chamber form, the St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its robust multiyear Stanford University residency with three Stanford Live concerts and two free events. The work of America's esteemed composer John Adams, who considers the SLSQ his favorite chamber group, is a special focus in celebration of his 70th birthday.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local school children, teachers, and their families. | Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.

In this seven-section work, lasting just over an hour, Haydn is at his most reflective. Evoking the last hours of Christ’s life, the work’s individual sections carry tempo markings of Largo, Adagio, Lento, Grave. In this performance, and as it was written, Seven Last Words will be punctuated with readings from the Good Friday service.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet leads Stanford's annual free concert honoring the life and memory of alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002 in Pakistan. Now in its 15th year, the program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Jonathan Berger, David Popper, and Gabriel Fauré performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Stanford Chamber Chorale, violinist Livia Sohn, and others.

Founded by Canadian-born first violinist Geoff Nuttall and violist Lesley Robertson, brilliant stewards and teachers of the classical canon and the collaborative chamber form, the St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its robust multiyear Stanford University residency. The work of America's esteemed composer John Adams, who considers the SLSQ his "favorite chamber group," is a special focus in celebration of his 70th birthday.

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Founded by Canadian-born first violinist Geoff Nuttall and violist Lesley Robertson, brilliant stewards and teachers of the classical canon and the collaborative chamber form, the St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its robust multiyear Stanford University residency with three Stanford Live concerts and two free events. The work of America's esteemed composer John Adams, who considers the SLSQ his "favorite chamber group," is a special focus in celebration of his 70th birthday.

PRE-CONCERT TALK: At 1:30pm, composer John Adams joins the quartet in conversation.

Join the St. Lawrence String Quartet as they use the music of Joseph Haydn to illustrate (in music and conversation) the origins of the quartet as a democratic institution. 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet players are: Geoff Nuttall (violin), Owen Dalby (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), and Christopher Costanza (cello).

"A sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet, most notably precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.” – The New York Times 

Three free noon-time concerts during the week of the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar will feature performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and their 2016 Chamber Music Seminar guest faculty.

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