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Musical Masterworks presents the Complete Cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets


Join us on March 13, 14 and 15 as we begin our celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.  In honor of this important milestone, Musical Masterworks will present the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets in six concerts over two extended weekends in March and May. The cycle will be performed by the renowned Ehnes Quartet, which is comprised of Musical Masterworks Artistic Director, cellist Edward Arron, and his internationally acclaimed colleagues, violinist James Ehnes (a two-time GRAMMY winner), violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, and violist Richard O’Neill.

“Encompassing a total of 18 different pieces, this body of work is considered to be one of the most pivotal and profound artistic achievements in the history of mankind,”  says Artistic Director Edward Arron.  “Beethoven’s String Quartets represent the arc of an extraordinary life and of a groundbreaking compositional career. Each quartet is a marvel in its own right, as Beethoven leads us on a soul-stirring journey of the sublime, the devastating, the whimsical, the demonic, the profound, and the otherworldly. Listening to the cycle, one bears witness to a life through musical composition, beginning with a young and feisty composer, eager to show his dramatic might; to an artist who achieves complete command of his craft; to man who, against all odds, singlehandedly brings the art of music into an entirely new realm.”

The cycle will be performed in six concerts, with a different program presented at each concert.  This will be a powerful and monumental journey for audience members and performers alike, as Beethoven’s masterpieces spring vividly to life in the intimate and acoustically exquisite First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.   In a departure from Musical Masterworks usual Saturday (5pm) and Sunday (3pm) performances, Mr. Arron has added a Friday (7pm) performance to both the March and May concert weekends.

Musical Masterworks’ season and celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary will conclude on May 1, 2 and 3, 2020, with the final concerts of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

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