Festivals & Series

American String Quartet

Winter Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:30pm CST

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Due to illness, Stephanie Blythe is no longer able to perform on this date. Updated program available below.

“Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances”
New York Times

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, the American String Quartet began its career winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award in the same year. The group has served as resident quartet at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974 and at the Manhattan School of Music since 1984. Their 2018-19 season featured performances of a collaboration with National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay and poet Tom Sleigh, a program combining music and readings examining the effects of war on people, their hearts, and their minds. The quartet also collaborated with author Salman Rushdie in a work for narrator and quartet by film composer Paul Cantelon built around Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence. Other recent highlights include performances of an all-sextet program with Roberto and Andrés Díaz, tours of South America, and performances of the complete Beethoven cycle of string quartets at the Cervantes Festival in Mexico and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel.

Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 ("Sunrise")
Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73
Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden")


Winter Chamber Music Festival subscriptions are now available. Single tickets, on sale November 15, are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall


50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Pick-Staiger is a 972-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.