KERNIS String Quartet No. 2 “musica instrumentalis”
BRAHMS Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
JESSICA HUNG, violin
KIRSTIN GREENLAW, violin
SHERIDAN KAMBERGER CURRIE, viola
JONATHAN LEE, cello
JOSHUA NEMITH, piano
The DPO Principal Quartet is pleased to present the Pulitzer Prize–winning String Quartet No. 2 by one of America’s most decorated living composers, Aaron Jay Kernis. In addition to being awarded such a prestigious honor for this String Quartet in 1989, Kernis also won a Grammy Award in 2019 in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category for his Violin Concerto. He currently serves on the faculty of Yale University School of Music.
On the second half of the program, for a bonafide German Romantic work, the strings welcome good friend and colleague DPO Principal Keyboard Joshua Nemith to perform Brahms’ great Piano Quintet in F minor. Known as “the crown of chamber music,” it is a stormy work full of angst and emotional turbulence in the outer movements, while the inner movements, marked “Andante (walking pace)” and “Scherzo (joke),” provide some calm, lyrical respite from the work’s general intensity.
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