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Arod Quartet (in Person)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

With all four members only in their twenties, the Paris-based Arod Quartet has already dazzled awestruck chamber-music lovers in concerts at such prestigious venues as the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. The Arod quickly skyrocketed to international attention when they won the coveted First Prize of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, having already taken First Prize at the Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. In April 2019 the Quartet undertook its American debut tour, which featured its inaugural Carnegie Hall performance—one of the only European chamber ensembles ever to make its Carnegie Hall debut on its first trip to the United States. This will be the Arod Quartet’s first performance at SBMA.

They will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465 “Dissonance”, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, No. 1, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00

Chamber Music Concert: Valencia Baryton Project (in Person)

Thursday, April 28, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Valencia Baryton Project was formed by colleagues from the opera of the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) and the Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn for the baryton as well as compositions by other composers, both modern and classical. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional baryton trio—baryton, viola, and violoncello—for which Haydn wrote 123 works of outstanding beauty during his time as the court composer for the Prince Esterhazy of Austria. The Valencia Baryton Project's debut CD with Naxos Records saw them as the cover feature of Spain's principal classical music publication, Ritmo, and the album has been met with glowing reviews such as "delightfully inventive" (The Strad), "and exquisite work of chamber music playing" (Ritmo) and "a deep and stylish sound" (American Record Guide).With Alex Friedhoff (former Music Academy of the West student, 2004 and 2005) on cello, Estevan Reis on viola, and Matthew Baker, who is one of only a handful baryton performers in the world, the Valencia Baryton Project have delighted audiences in North, Central and South America as well as Europe with what is considered to have been the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the classical era. This will be Valencia Baryton Project’s first time performing at SBMA and they are “really looking forward to showcasing this beautiful but nearly unknown chapter in Haydn’s life.”

Their program features Haydn’s Baryton Trio n. 58 in D major, Hob. XI:58, Baryton Trio n. 87 in A minor, Hob. XI:87, Baryton Trio n. 9 in A major, Hob. XI:9, Baryton Trio n. 55 in G Major, Hob. XI:55 and Baryton Trio n. 69 in D major, Hob. XI:69, as well as John Pickup’s Prelude n. 1 and Steve Zink’s The River.

They will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465 “Dissonance”, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, No. 1, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00