Among the world’s finest string quartets, the beloved Takács returns for two concerts this season, the first a compelling program of new and canonic works. Haydn’s beloved Sunrise quartet is among his late-period gems, and Beethoven’s middle-period E minor quartet from the Op. 59 Razumovsky series opens up new musical horizons as the composer breaks and remakes the rules of musical drama.
Known for lushly orchestrated music of “sheer gorgeousness” (Los Angeles Times), California violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama contributes Flow, a new Cal Performances co-commissioned work, heard here in its world-premiere performance.
Apryl Allen, vocal, flute, dance
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin/viola
The Phoenix Boys Choir
Herbert Washington, music director/conductor