Liebesfreud's 12th Year of Free "Last Fridays" Concerts Begins
January 1, 2017
January 27th, 2006 - Liebesfreud is the only String Quartet in America to present a free all-Mozart concert to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
That date also marked the first in a series of programs, "Last Fridays", all free and open to the public, 80 of which have been presented to date.
The next, THIS January 27th, also includes Mozart - the G minor Viola Quintet with guest, Jason DePue - paired with another late work of fellow genius, Mendelssohn.
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14th Annual WinterShelter Benefit Approaches
November 24, 2016
December 18th @ 6p.m.
Once again Liebesfreud combines a celebration of Beethoven's birthday with the opportunity for us all to soften the lives of those less fortunate. All donations go directly to Trinity Center's program to house and feed Philadelphia's homeless through these winter months.
This time around, Mark Gigliotti, Shelley Showers, Socrates Villegas and Rob Kesselman- all of Philadelphia Orchestra fame!- join the festivities for Beethoven's thoroughly enjoyable 'Septet'.
Wine & Cheese reception to follow.
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Liebesfreud's 12th Season on the Horizon
September 18, 2016
Liebesfreud's twelfth season officially begins at 5:30p.m. on September 30th
with quartets by two of music's most gifted and devoted composers in the string quartet genre.
Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet (and the symphony, for that matter) wrote so engagingly for this chamber ensemble. He earned the admiration of Mozart and Beethoven, but by the time he began his final string quartet- op. 103- he realized his powers were beginning to wane so he stopped writing after completing only two movements, noting as he did, "Gone is all my strength; old and weak am I".
Notwithstanding this self-assessment, the work as it exists (like the Schubert "Unfinished" symphony and Mozart [uncompleted] mass both of which the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this week) is a masterpiece and a great gift to music lovers.
Schubert, even though his lifespan was so much shorter than Haydn's, left a truly remarkable legacy as well and it is impossible to imagine the world without his heartrendingly beautiful "Rosamunde" quartet [op. 29] which is the feature work of this one-hour program.
As always- admission is free for concerts in this "Last Fridays" series.