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A hands-down Washington Performing Arts audience favorite, the Danish String Quartet members are rightly hailed both for their sterling technique and their adventurous approach to programming. Of a 2018 Washington Performing Arts performance, the Washington Post wrote, “They play with a cohesion, finesse, and precision second to none. Having built a solid reputation in the standard quartet repertory, recently they’ve turned their attention to Nordic folk music. The enthusiastic and vocal audience that packed the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue seemed glad they have.”

For this Terrace Theater performance, the DSQ present a very different yet no less intriguing program, juxtaposing two classic works by Schubert—the beloved “Rosamunde” quartet and a quartet arrangement of the lied “Gretchen Am Spinnrade” (“Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel”)—with a new work co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts from the esteemed contemporary Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Of the previous quartet we co-commissioned from Ms. Thorvaldsdottir, Enigma, the New York Times wrote, “[Enigma] resembles dispatches emerging from the white noise of another world. It’s a masterly entrance to the genre, and a deceptively vast soundscape conjured with just four acoustic instruments.”

SCHUBERT - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 “Rosamunde”
ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR - New work for string quartet (co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)
SCHUBERT (arr. DSQ) – “Gretchen Am Spinnrade,” D.188

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