“Few [ensembles] are more accessible, or more responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.”

Christopher Arnott, Daily Nutmeg

Haven String Quartet, ensemble



Featured in the New York Times and NPR, and sought after for both their command on the concert stage and comfort in the classroom, the Haven String Quartet has been hailed as “New Haven’s resident string quartet.” Its four members represent the nation’s top conservatories and bring world-class chamber music to the region each year through their full season of recitals, workshops, and impromptu pop-up performances.

As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet spearheads a nationally recognized free after-school lessons program for over 80 students from New Haven’s most underserved neighborhoods. The HSQ and Music Haven provide their students with over 2500 contact hours per year through one-on-one lessons, group classes, coachings for student chamber groups, and the Harmony in Action youth orchestra. Music Haven and the Haven String Quartet’s program has been recognized as a top 50 after-school arts program in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities five years in a row.

The HSQ also bring their passion and skill to their frequent workshops and non-traditional performances, both in New Haven and around the East Coast. One of many such interactive workshops, the quartet’s “World Travelers” program has thrilled audiences at such venues as the Ashforth Children’s Concert Series in Greenwich, CT and Bridgeport, CT, and features works from Serbia, Uganda, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. The HSQ can also be spotted every June playing dozens of pop-up community concerts around New Haven on a flatbed “String Quartet Truck” in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Through their integrated dual role of professional musician and teaching artist, the quartet embodies Music Haven’s mission to build vibrant urban community through performance and music education that empowers young people, their families, and professional musicians.

Youth, Whimsy, and Caprice
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
Haydn String Quartet in E-Flat Major, “The Joke,” Op. 33 No. 2
Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1

Join the Haven String Quartet on an exploration of humor, joy, and playfulness in three masterworks, from scenes of childhood and innocence in Shostakovich’s first quartet to Haydn and Beethoven’s mastery of drama and wit.

Music from the Edge of Despair
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Golijov “Tenebrae” for String Quartet
Britten String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36

Born from a crucible of both worldwide conflict and internal strife, Britten’s Second String Quartet, Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet, and Golijov’s haunting “Tenebrae” all reflect a composer’s attempt to reconcile a world filled with both pain and hope.

Pioneers of the String Quartet
Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Bartók String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Explore three pivotal works of the quartet repertoire with the Haven String Quartet, from one of Mozart’s dark and operatic great quartets dedicated to Haydn, to Debussy and Bartok’s innovative use of color, harmony, and texture.

Architecture of Sound
Britten “Alla Marcia” for String Quartet
Bartók String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114
Beethoven String Quartet in F Major No. 16, Op. 135

Discover the intersection of emotion and construction with the Haven String Quartet as we delve into the works Britten, Bartok and Beethoven. Explore their pioneering use of new structures and techniques as they confront changing times at the apex of their compositional maturity.

Evolution of Harmony
Josquin des Prez selected works
Bach selections from “Art of the Fugue,” BWV 1080
Schubert Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703
Stravinsky “Three Pieces for String Quartet” (1914)
Webern “Six Bagatelles,” Op. 9

Travel from the roots of western harmony with Josquin’s medieval secular motets to the furthest reaches of modern tonality with Stravinsky and Webern’s “Three Pieces for String Quartet” and “Six Bagatelles.”

Soviet Modernism
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Sharlat String Quartet No. 1 (2000)
Weinberg String Quartet No. 6 in E Minor, Op. 35

Pull back the iron curtain and discover Soviet Modernist masterworks from Shostakovich and Weinberg, as well as a recent work from Russian American composer Yevgeny Sharat with the Haven String Quartet.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Traveling the World with the Haven String Quartet
Explore music from cultures all over the world at this family-friendly concert with the Haven String Quartet as we delve into music from Uganda, Cuba, Bosnia and Connecticut. Music by Tamusuza, D’Rivera, Vrebelov and Ives.

Music in Motion
Minuets, Waltzes, Marches, Tarantellas, Fandangos: bring your dancing shoes to this family-friendly concert with the Haven String Quartet as we highlight the intersection of music and dance with music by Bach, Britten, Mozart, Gluck, and more.

Humor in Music
How does humor translate into music? What makes music “funny”? Discover three composers with very different styles of humor, from Haydn’s wittiness to Shostakovich’s sarcasm and Beethoven’s sense of irony.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Traveling the World with the Haven String Quartet
Explore music from cultures all over the world at this family-friendly concert with the Haven String Quartet as we delve into music from Uganda, Cuba, Bosnia and Connecticut. Music by Tamusuza, D’Rivera, Vrebelov and Ives.

Music in Motion
Minuets, Waltzes, Marches, Tarantellas, Fandangos: bring your dancing shoes to this family-friendly concert with the Haven String Quartet as we highlight the intersection of music and dance with music by Bach, Britten, Mozart, Gluck, and more.

Humor in Music
How does humor translate into music? What makes music “funny”? Discover three composers with very different styles of humor, from Haydn’s wittiness to Shostakovich’s sarcasm and Beethoven’s sense of irony.



Quotations:

“Few [ensembles] are more accessible, or more responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.”
– Christopher Arnott, Daily Nutmeg

Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387, Mvt. IV

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