Spring is upon us - almost. Artaria is preparing Program IV with concerts begining in late April featuring string quartets from the 1880's (Strauss and Dvorak op.51).


"In applying “periods” to music—Classical, Romantic, Modern—one runs the risk of confining a composer’s work to the definition of the time in which it was written when, in fact, composers such as Beethoven (1770-1827), to whom we might assign the birth of Romanticism, smacks of all three. Still, classification is helpful in trying to comprehend the deep meaning of music. The Romantic period, therefore, has been identified as lasting from Beethoven until the Modern period beginning in the early 20th century as exemplified by the music of Arnold Schoenberg and his Second Viennese School of composition. The composer on this program who most clearly represents the Romantic period is Antonín Dvořák, a follower of Brahms, while Richard Strauss has been assigned to the Late Romantic period when music was struggling with change. Romanticism itself might be defined as music in which the expression of emotion is clearly evident." ~ LMM ©2015


Notes by Lucy Miller Murray



Strings in the Air Concert

May 2, 2015. Univ of Minnesota Campus. Artaria is preparing to perform for the 2nd Annual Strings in the Air Concert founded by cellist Mark Halvorson. The program will include music by Bach, Dvorak, and Mozart. An eclectic mix of beautiful chamber pieces!




Program IV - “Reveling In Romanticism”
Music from 1880-1890
Richard Strauss Quartet in A major, Op.2
Antonín Dvořák Quartet in Eb, Op.51
May 10, 2015 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
May 17, 2015 Wayzata Community Church

Concert Program Notes for May




Program I - “Homage to Haydn”
Music from 1780-1790
Joseph Haydn Quartet in G major, Op.33/5
Ignaz Pleyel Quartet in g-minor, B.309
Wolfgang Mozart Quartet in C major, K.465 “Dissonance”
Sep. 21, 2014 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
Sep. 28, 2014 Wayzata Community Church 3pm

Program II - “Fin de Siècle”
Music from 1890-1900
Arnold Schoenberg Quartet in D major
Giacomo Puccini “Crisantemi”
Carl Nielsen Quartet in f-minor, Op.5
Nov. 23, 2014 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
Nov.30, 2014 Wayzata Community Church 3pm

Program III - “Post War Quartets”
Music from 1940-1950  
William Alwyn “Winter Poems"

Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No.4
William Walton Quartet in a-minor
Feb. 22, 2015 Wayzata Community Church 3pm
March 1, 2015 Sundin Music Hall 3pm

Concert Program Notes



The Artaria Chamber Music School is wrapping up a great year. There are 2 concerts left and a major competition on April 18 at Sundin Music Hall. Come hear the future!




ACMS Spring Concert set

The ACMS Spring Concert which features music composed in the "Modern" era will take place on Friday April 25, 2015 (7pm) at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, located at 60 Kent Street at Portland in St. Paul. All ACMS ensembles will participate. FREE





Artaria's latest Cd - music by Mozart & Shostakovich


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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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