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Morrison Artist Series: St. Petersburg SQ plays Britten, Schumann & Franck!

Hi Folks,

Let's go watch the world's renowned string quartet playing music by Britten, Schumann & Franck. Please read details below:


The St. Petersburg Quartet is one of the world's most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, "Best Record" honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia's most prestigious series and festivals. Founded in 1985 as the Leningrad String Quartet, the SPSQ quickly won 1st Prize at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition; Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize and both Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition Firenze, and First Prize and the "Grand Prix Musica Viva" at the Melbourne, Australia International Chamber Music Competition. When the city of Leningrad resumed its historic name, the quartet changed its name to the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

In the single season of[masked], pianist Mack McCray won first prizes in the San Francisco Symphony's International Young Artists Competition and the Charleston Symphony Competition; Silver Medal at the International Enesco Competition in Bucharest, plus a special award for best performance of a contemporary Rumanian work; second prize at the International Liszt Competition in Boston; an Italian government citation for his performance at the Giornate Musicale festival in Todi, Italy; grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation and the Insitute for International Education: and Juilliard's Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize. During that same season McCray made his first tour of Europe, including London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels and Zurich, among other cities. Since that year, McCray has performed around the world, notably at the Paris Festivale d'automne, at Seville's Great Interpreters Series, with the Monte Carlo Orchestra, at Hong Kong's City Hall Concert Series, at the Bucharest Philharmonic Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Festival; and Boston's Fromm Foundation Concerts at Harvard. His 1981 recording of John Adams' piano work Phrygian Gates made the Best Recordings of the Year lists of both the New York Times and High-Fidelity/Musical America.


Medvedovskaya (1974–): Quartet No. 1 (1991);

Britten (1913–1976): Three Divertimenti for String Quartet (1933, revised 1936);

Schumann (1810–1856): Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 (1842)


Franck (1822–1890): Piano Quintet in F minor (1864)

TICKET: It is FREE, but you still need to reserve your space in advance. 

Here's the link :


call [masked]

PRE-MEETUP: Dinner following the concert around 5-ish

Muguboka Restaurant

401 Balboa St, SF (betw 6th Ave & 5th Ave) 


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  • brian

    Always nice (Thanks!)at Morrison with Erika et al. I skipped meal, but hope you'all enjoyed.

    November 18, 2013

  • erika

    I couldn't find our group pic from the theater. I am suspecting it was accidentally deleted... by me, sorry!

    November 18, 2013

  • ayala k.

    As usual, Erika is such a fantastic leader of this Meetup. The concert had a nice program, balancing among modernism, impressionism and romanticism. The quartet combined virtuosity and musicianship. The local pianist, however, should have practiced a bit more. He got the principle violinist quite stressed over his technical glitches and slow choice of tempi. Sorry I couldn't join y'all for dinner. Next time, in sha Alla.

    November 18, 2013

  • erika

    So glad to hear Schumann's most renowned piano quintet, and was a very balanced play betw strings & piano! Franck's quintet was my 1st time, and I'd like to listen to it again to grasp his music. Was a great concert!:)

    November 18, 2013

  • ayala k.

    Greetings. Can someone pick up a ticket for me? I'm recovering from a car accident and am thus VERY slow. Also, where are we going to dinner? I need to be in Noe Valley 6:45 pm, and will gladly join y'all after the concert if there is enough time. Thanks so much for organizing this. Sorry to be missing the concert today. AK

    November 16, 2013

  • erika

    We have 4 ppl (Susan, Dinesh, Alan & myself) for dinner so far. Anyone else? Let me know by tomorrow. Also, we'll meet during intermission ONLY. Hope all of you reserved your free tix online or via phone. Thanks!:)

    November 15, 2013

  • erika

    Just posted dinner location. Let me know who's in. If you are first-timer for Korean food, no worry I am the GURU, and you can trust me, hehe!:0

    November 14, 2013

  • erika

    Hope everyone's ok with Korean cuisine for dinner since it's after the concert. No need to worry about smelling like bbq & garlic right?:0

    November 14, 2013

  • erika

    Please let me know if you're joining dinner. Thanks!:)

    November 11, 2013

  • erika

    This event is completely FREE, but you will be promptly removed from membership aka "kicked out" if you don't plan things accordingly. Please respect the rule. Thanks!:)

    November 11, 2013

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