2016-17 Concert Series

ST. PAUL – May 2017
The Artaria String Quartet (ASQ) presents the final double series of chamber music concerts in Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall and Wayzata Community Church on May 7, 2017.

All of the 2016-17 concert programs have been featuring special guest artists, chosen from former membership and long-time collaborators, with original repertoire from the ASQ's first season, including:


Brahms G-Major String Sextet

Ute Miller, viola

Roberta Janzen, cello


Dvorak A-Major Piano Quintet, Op. 81

Mary Ellen Haupert, piano


Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

Renee Skerik, viola

Laura Thielke, cello


Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht

Kenneth Martinson, viola

Kirsten Whitson, cello


2016-17 "30th" Concerts

Program IV - “Transfiguration”

Schubert: "Death & the Maiden"
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

May 7, 2017 @ 3pm
Wayzata Community Church

May 7, 2017 @ 7pm

Sundin Music Hall


Program III - “Russian Souvenirs”
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op.59/2
Tchaikovsky: "Souvenir de Florence"
February 19, 2017 @ 3pm

Wayzata Community Church

February 19, 2017 @ 6pm
Sundin Music Hall


Program II - “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Janáček: Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, op.81

November 20 @ 6pm

Sundin Music Hall

*Individual Tickets = $20

Students are free

November 27 @ 3pm

Wayzata Community Church

Suggested $20 donation at the door

Students are free

Program I - “Inaugural Program”

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat major "Sunrise"
Brahms: String Sextet in G major

September 18

Wayzata Community Church 3pm
($20 suggested donation)

Sundin Music Hall 6pm

Students are free

Read the poem that Schoenberg based his string sextet, Verklärte Nacht, on:


Two people walk through a bare, cold grove;
The moon races along with them, they look into it.
The moon races over tall oaks,
No cloud obscures the light from the sky,
Into which the black points of the boughs reach.
A woman’s voice speaks:

I’m carrying a child, and not yours,
I walk in sin beside you.
I have committed a great offense against myself.
I no longer believed I could be happy
And yet I had a strong yearning
For something to fill my life, for the joys of
And for duty; so I committed an effrontery,
So, shuddering, I allowed my sex
To be embraced by a strange man,
And, on top of that, I blessed myself for it.
Now life has taken its revenge:
Now I have met you, oh, you.

She walks with a clumsy gait,
She looks up; the moon is racing along.
Her dark gaze is drowned in light.
A man’s voice speaks:

May the child you conceived
Be no burden to your soul;
Just see how brightly the universe is gleaming!
There’s a glow around everything;
You are floating with me on a cold ocean,
But a special warmth flickers
From you into me, from me into you.
It will transfigure the strange man’s child.
You will bear the child for me, as if it were mine;
You have brought the glow into me,
You have made me like a child myself.

He grasps her around her ample hips.
Their breath kisses in the breeze.
Two people walk through the lofty, bright night.


Richard Dehmel, Verklärte Nacht first published in Weib und Welt (1896)(S.H. transl.)


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The Artaria String Quartet has been learning, playing, teaching, and living in the chamber music world since 1986. We are passionate about string quartets and all the important thoughts and ideas that composers have imbedded in these 4-part scores. Click this link to find out more about us!

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