Viola, Viola by 2022 Marlboro Composer-in-Residence George Benjamin features on our season-opening tour program, which also includes Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant E-flat Major Quartet and the second movement of George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1, which Walker later adapted into his poignant and enduring Lyric for Strings.
The second of three Marlboro touring ensembles this season pairs Ralph Vaughan Williams’s powerful Blake Songs for tenor and oboe with Scottish composer Helen Grime’s exhilarating Oboe Quartet and the expansive majesty of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in A Major.
The third Marlboro touring ensemble of this season offers a richly varied program that begins with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s harmonically beguiling Five Fantasiestücke and concludes with Arnold Schoenberg’s intense, enthralling Verklärte Nacht.
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