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Britten, Higdon, and Beethoven with Mill City String Quartet

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55118 USA (map)

Mill City String Quartet
Britten, Higdon, and Beethoven

Admission is free with suggested donation

Mill City String Quartet
Huldah Niles and Erika Hoogeveen, violins
Valerie Little, viola
Ruth Marshall, cello

This concert continues our journey through the Beethoven String Quartets with his very first string quartet, op. 18, no. 1. We will be pairing the Beethoven with two 20th and 21st century masterpieces--Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2--an homage to Henry Purcell--and Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Higdon's An Exaltation of Larks.

Ludwig Van Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1
Benjamin Britten - String Quartet No. 2
Jennifer Higdon - An Exaltation of Larks    

Founded in the fall of 2007, the Mill City String Quartet seeks to create exciting and diverse concerts for listeners both familiar and new to chamber music. MCSQ has been chosen three times as Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes artists, allowing them the opportunity to develop curriculum and reach thousands of school children across all grade levels. The 2019-20 season brings two new opportunities for the quartet through being selected as education artists-in-residence with The Schubert Club and Oregon’s Britt Festival. MCSQ is a proud recipient of grants through Prairie Lakes Arts Council and MRAC to support their outreach concerts in rural libraries, MCF-Faribault, and recurring concerts at MCF-Shakopee, our state’s all-women’s correctional facility. 

Interested in supporting Minnesotan composers, the quartet has played works by Gene Gutche, Jocelyn Hagen, Benjamin MacInness, and Justin Busch. They also continue to promote string quartets by women and minority composers. The quartet is a frequent guest on regional chamber music series, including Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts, Waseca Arts Center Series, Merner Concert Series, Thursday Musical, Rochester Music Guild, Sioux City Chamber Music, and Music on the Hill in Mankato.