Quartet 212 with mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo
Due to an unfortunate combination of injury and recently escalated geopolitical circumstance, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet - originally scheduled to perform at this concert - is unable to perform. Maestro Dudamel—making his Metropolitan Opera debut this season—has invited Quartet 212, an ensemble featuring principal members of the MET Orchestra, to replace them. If your ticket says Simón Bolivar String Quartet it will be honored at the door.
Concertmaster David Chan, principal cellist Rafael Figueroa, violinist Catherine Ro and violist Dov Scheindlin will bring a program reflecting the diverse range of chamber music. The four players translate their long experience in the operatic world into an expressive vocal quality imbuing all of the music that they perform. From the origins of the string quartet to a newly commissioned work by Princeton University Professor Donnacha Dennehy, from a rare chamber work by operatic composer Guiseppe Verdi to Ottorino Respighi’s setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “The Sunset” with mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, this concert promises to remind us of music’s intimate relationship with the human voice, and of chamber music’s innate communicative power.
The concert will be followed by a public discussion between Maestro Dudamel and musicologist Don Michael Randel to discuss art as a vehicle for social change throughout the world. Dr. Randel was recently the Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has previously served as the president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Chicago, among other prestigious positions. The public discussion is free to all ticketholders.