February 3, 2019

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Pavel Haas – String Quartet No. 2 “From the Monkey Mountains” (1925)
Georg Friedrich Haas – String Quartet No. 2 (1998)
Jörg Widmann – String Quartet No. 3 “The Hunt” (2003)

Lyris Quartet

Three quartets will foreshadow the Mahler Sixth Symphony – from the future. Pavel Haas, student of Leos Janacek, died in Auschwitz, but his quartet “From the Monkey Mountains” was inspired by a popular tourist spot in the Twenties. The rarely performed original version with a drum kit tapped into his fascination with Jazz after WWI. Seven decades later, Austria’s Georg Friedrich Haas says of his Second Quartet, “Tradition shines through again and again, but it appears as something lost, distant, clouded poised on the edge of abandon and dread.” In his 2003 quartet “The Hunt,” the Berlin-based German composer Jörg Widmann repeatedly quotes a motif by Schumann that the obsessive Romantic composer often quoted in his works. Founded in 2008, the LA Times described the Lyris Quartet as “radiant…exquisite… and powerfully engaged.” This concert will have no intermission. A dinner break will follow at approximately 5:15. The Sanctuary Series conversation will begin at 6:45