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December 05, 2015 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church (Berkeley, California) in Berkeley, CA.

For over 20 years, thousands of audience members from the Bay Area and beyond have savored Saturday-morning musical conversations, exploring composers and concepts with the Alexander String Quartet and San Francisco Performances Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg. The series combines complete performances of string quartets with Greenberg’s witty and profound takes on these works, their creators and their place in history and the hearts of music lovers.

In the ten years that followed his arrival in Vienna, until his death in 1791, Mozart composed more masterworks in more genres than any other composer before or since. The tragedy of Mozart’s early death is compounded by the fact that during the last years of his life, his music acquired an entirely new level of intensity: polyphonic intensity; developmental intensity; and waste not-asingle note expressive intensity. And while we cannot know where Mozart’s muse might have taken him had he lived a longer life, we do know that the late quartets and quintets in this series stand as pre-eminent examples of his mature—and transcendent—musical voice.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

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