Free concert – must RSVP here
This event is free and open to the public. Please “register” through the event page to reserve your tickets before Friday.
The South Florida Symphony String Quartet will perform Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, “From my life,” and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96.
Like Beethoven, Bedřich Smetana began to lose his hearing later in life. And, like Beethoven, he refused to let that handicap interfere with his passion for music. Completed in 1876, his first string quartet is semi-autobiographical, nicknamed “Z mého života” or “From my life,” and comprised of four colorful musical sketches. Antonín Dvořák played viola at the work’s premiere in 1878.
Dvořák’s “American”quartet was written during the Czech composer’s tour of the United States in 1893 and is one of the most popular in the chamber music repertoire. It was completed shortly after his famed “New World” Symphony, in the small town of Spillville, Iowa, where he vacationed for the summer. Like his symphony, the work is infused with his musical impressions of the “new” country.
The quartet includes violinists Mei Mei Luo and Valentin Mansurov, violist Valentina Shohdy and cellist Claudio Jaffe. All are members of the South Florida Symphony, Maestra Sebrina Maria Alfonso, music director.