PSQ's 45th Season - This 2013-2014 year the PSQ celebrates its 45th year. LARK is very proud that the PSQ was the recipient of the 2013 CMAcclaim Award from the organization Chamber Music America. This award specifically recognizes an ensemble’s significant cultural impact on its community. The work of Stephen Kecskemethy, Ronald Lantz , Julia Adams and Paul Ross sets an example of decades of commitment to music and to the education of hundreds of students who carry on their legacy of Chamber Music.
This is a time of transition for the PSQ. Violinist Dean Stein starts his first full season as the quartet first new member since the ensemble’s founding.
To open the season on October 27, 2013, Rahim AlHaj, world renowned Iraqi Oud player, joins the PSQ with his compositions for Oud and String Quartet. In addition, Claude Debussy’s, String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10 sets the stage bridging the gap from East to West for over 100 years
On February 2, 2014 we celebrate Kreisler's birthday. Kreisler’s foray into compositions began in disguise for fear they might not be taken seriously. On Kreisler’s birthday the PSQ will celebrate the lyricism and expressive power of the romantic music of Brahms and Kreisler. The PSQ will perform the Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms and the Quartet in A Minor by Fritz Kreisler
The PSQ will end its season on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27th, 2013, with the moving music of Ernest Bloch’s Quartet No. 1, Mendelssohn’s Capriccio and a selection of music from composers of Theresienstadt Ghetto established by the SS during World War II in the fortress and garrison city of Terezin. Despite the terrible living conditions and the constant threat of deportation the people of the Theresienstadt developed a cultural life complete with writers, actors, professors and musicians. Their music will add voice to our reflections on their struggle.