The Alexander String Quartet will serve as guest artists-in-residence at SUNY Potsdam next week. Their visit will include a free concert Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Snell Music Theater.
The quartet will present two remarkable works; Zoltán Kodály's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, and Ludwig von Beethoven's String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127.
Kodály's second string quartet, which is influenced by the Hungarian folk music the composer so loved, has an unusual musical structure, opening with a sonata-form movement and closing with an exciting series of dances. Beethoven's String Quartet No. 12 was commissioned by Russian Prince Niklas Galitzin, and is seen as the most traditional of the composer's late quartets, but the complexity and originality of the music cannot be denied.
The Alexander String Quartet consists of Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz on violin, Paul Yarbrough on viola and Sandy Wilson on cello.
Following the visit to Crane, the quartet will serve as artists-in-residence at St. Lawrence University and will also present free concerts there. They will offer an informal matinee performance at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Petersen-Kermani Hall, and a formal concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Gulick Theater. For more information, visit www.stlawu.edu.