St. Lawrence String Quartet and Rob Kapilow

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The revered and longtime Stanford University-resident St. Lawrence String Quartet joins Rob Kapilow to explore and appreciate Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet, perhaps his most popular work. Formally titled Quartet No. 12 in F, it was written in 1893, when the composer was summering in Spillville, Iowa, an emigrant Czech community. It was the second piece he wrote in America; his first was the New World Symphony.


This event is part of What Makes it Great?, a three performance series that includes Kapilow's take on the The Music of Duke Ellington and Theater Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Each performance includes discussion and demonstration, followed by a complete performance and a question and answer session with the performers after the concert.  


This program is generously supported by Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum, and is presented in partnership with Music at Stanford.


As a part of our exploration of the ways national identity finds expression through music, who better to invite than Rob Kapilow to share his irresistible insights? His seasonlong retrospective of iconic composers who tried to define the essence of American sound from its cultural fusions— Antonín Dvořák, Leonard Bernstein, and Duke Ellington— follows the footsteps of Bernstein himself.


—Ryan Davis, Associate Director of Engagement and Public Programs