The Classical String Quintet: Mozart & Beethoven

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 7:30pm

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart is pleased to present a program that sets side by side one of Mozart’s towering achievements of chamber music, the String Quintet in D major, K. 593, with Beethoven’s wholly original work for this same instrumental group, the String Quintet in C major, Op. 29.  This quintet was written in 1802, a year after publication of the composer’s first six quartets, Op. 18, yet has the amiable character of a string serenade.  In marked contrast stands the Prelude in D minor, written in 1817, the same year as Beethoven’s monumental piano sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier.”  The prelude remains a tantalizing fragment of a possible, intended larger work for string quintet. 

 Artists:

Mayuki Fukuhara, violin
studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at Mannes College under Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Felix Galimir.  He performs with several of the metropolitan area’s most prestigious chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brandenburg Ensemble.  Mr. Fukuhara is a participating artist at the Marlboro and Caramoor music festivals.

Mitsursu Tsubota, violin
has been a member of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble since 1989. She began her studies at the age five and was a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony at the age of 10. She came to the United States to study with Felix Galimir. Ms. Tsubota appeared as soloist with the Hiroshima Symphony in 1983. She was a former member of the Primavera String Quartet. Beginning in 1982, she performed regularly with the New England Bach Festival under the direction at the time of Blanche Moyse. Ms. Tsubota is a co-founder and principal violinist of the Strathmere Ensemble, and has served as concertmaster for the Westchester Oratorio Society's choral-orchestral performances. She has also was concertmaster for many National Chorale performances and the Dennis Keene Choral Festival.

Alissa Smith, viola
a performer on modern and baroque violas, has appeared with the Knights at the Tanglewood, Caramoor and Ravinia Festivals, toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Ballet, and with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. As a baroque violist, Alissa Smith performs with Clarion, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and recently appeared with Apollo’s Fire, the Sebastians, and Opera Lafayette.

Theresa Salomon, viola
a native of Germany who came to New York in 1993, performs on baroque and modern violin and viola. She has participated in numerous international festivals, including Festival Presence, Paris; Gulbenkian Festival, Lisbon; and the Prague Spring Festival.  Ms. Salomon performs in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, REBEL Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. Theresa Salomon serves on the adjunct faculty of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, where she teaches performance practice and baroque violin.

Lindy Clarke, cello
is a founding member of the Claring Chamber Players, the Hudson Trio, and the New York Baroque Consort.  She has also been a guest artist with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Bargemusic, and the North Country Chamber Players.  Lindy Clarke performs with numerous period instrument ensembles and orchestras, including the Classical Band, American Classical Orchestra, Grand Tour Orchestra, and Trio Pasqualati.  Ms. Clarke coaches chamber music groups through Alaria, the DiMenna Center, and Summertrios.