The Ancora String Quartet is very excited about our upcoming season. We mulled over many wonderful pieces, and assembled a collection of works that we can’t wait to share with our audiences. When we looked over the final collection for some kind of common denominator, to give a theme to our season, an eerie pattern emerged:
This is our 12th season; we’re playing selections from Mendelssohn’s 12 Fugues for String Quartet (1821) as well as from Dvořák’s 12 Cypresses. Our Spring program includes Shostakovich’s String Quartet #12, which features some of that composer’s only 12-tone writing.
We decided to embrace our serendipitous dodeca-ism, and throw a little Shakespeare into the mix (it never hurts!), and we came up with our theme! The fact that Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night is being staged this summer at the American Players Theater in Spring Green, and this fall at the Young Shakespeare Players in Madison, clinched the deal.
Marika has gone so far as to assign a Twelfth Night character to each of the six pieces on our programs this season. Some of the pairings are too good to be believed! They will be revealed in the days to come.
In the meantime, please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15th, at 7:30 P.M. in the beautiful Landmark Auditorium at the First Unitarian Society-Madison, 900 University Bay Drive. We promise that our music will come o’er your ears “like the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets.”