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The Heifetz 25-Year Advent Calendar

Day 16: 2016 - Beethoven's Brilliant String Quintet
Welcome to December! For our final-month celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Heifetz Institute, we’ll be sharing audio, video, images, and programs from across the decades of the Institute. Check back each day from Dec. 1 – Dec. 25 as we share some memorable moments from each golden year of the Institute!
Overshadowed by the fame of his string quartets and the string quintets of Mozart and Schubert, Beethoven’s quintet is rarely performed, a special treat to encounter. Earsense

July 16, 2016: Staunton, VA

Happy 251st, LvB!  Our 25-year Musical Advent Calendar alights on the year 2016, to celebrate the Dec. 16 birthday of Beethoven – in the words of The Guardian, “the gruff uncompromising genius who changed music forever” – with a rare performance of his underappreciated masterpiece of a string quintet.  As the online journal Earsense goes on to note, “It is a large-scale work leveraging the great skills Beethoven honed writing his previous string trios and quartets and, like Mozart’s quintets, features an expansive richness due to the sonority and independence of the lower strings enhanced with a second viola.”  (PS: This is the quintet that was said to inspire Schubert to write his own string quintet in the same key of C major, swapping out the extra viola for an extra cello.)

This Beethoven band is lead by our our legendary chamber-music teacher Shmuel Ashkenasi, joined by a quartet of some of the Heifetz Institute’s most prominent students and alumni: violinist Ji-Won Song, violists Andrew Gonzalez and Katharina Kang, and cellist Ben Fried.

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