San Jose Chamber Music Society presents:
- HAYDN Quartet No. 54 in B-flat Major, Op.71 No. 1, [Count] “Apponyi,” (1793)
- SMETANA Quartet No.1 in E Minor, “From My Life”, (1876)
- SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op.44 (1842)
Pre-Concert Talk: Roger Emanuels (at 7:15PM)
Haydn’s post-London Op.71 Quartets - perhaps the first such written for public concert halls, instead of aristocrats - are catchier, more intensified, grander in style. Smetana’s Quartet No.1 “paints a tone picture of my life” - love of art, and dancing and first love - and uses Bohemian folk elements in the music. Schumann wrote, the first-ever quintet for piano and string quartet for his wife Clara. The piece inspired Brahms to write his own piano quintet.
The Prazak Quartet’s 2011 debut here, with Gwendolyn Mok, was a hit! The “superb foursome” [Chicago Tribune] from Prague has toured worldwide for over 30 years. Gwendolyn Mok, Bay Area soloist and Head of Keyboard Studies at San Jose State Univ., has performed and recorded world-wide with major orchestras in London, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Location: Main Theatre