Greetings one and all,
If you have not already seen the video for Haydn Discovery, please click here.
I am incredibly proud and excited to present for your consideration the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s new concert project called Haydn Discovery. Please give yourself at least 15 minutes with the video to appreciate what’s being offered. (You’ll probably find it difficult to hit “pause” anyway!)
If you are pressed for time, you can jump past the introduction (although that’s plenty entertaining!) and directly to the “meat” of the presentation by starting at around 7:10 of the clip.
And on the other hand, if you can’t get enough SLSQ, you can also see the full performance of the piece which followed the Discovery presentation.
Haydn has been a passion for SLSQ since their founding in 1989, and their mission here is to shift common perspective from “pleasant opening music” to “radical, passionate innovator”! Led by Geoff Nuttall, SLSQ explores a Haydn quartet in depth at the beginning of the performance, and then plays the piece through, with the aim to engage the audience in active listening towards a much deeper appreciation of Haydn’s compositional genius.
As you watch, please keep in mind:
This was one of the very first Haydn Discovery performances, and as such represents a work in progress. Geoff was actually reluctant to post it, and told me “I’ll get it right soon”! But I think you’ll agree, this is pure gold from a master of extemporaneous communication; “The Jon Stewart of chamber music” (NY Times – click here for full article). Geoff will better manage his time in future presentations, so as to include more details from beyond the first movement. But it’s hard to fault his infectious enthusiasm, and working without a script allows him to be totally spontaneous, keeping everything completely fresh night after night!
I believe Haydn Discovery will have very broad appeal amongst North American audiences, and Geoff emphasizes it can be very customizable! He is happy to consult in advance with presenters to adjust the length or emphasis to suit your preferences. It has already been adapted for a seminar with advanced music students, to help them perform Haydn more vibrantly. In short, there are many possibilities, just like in a Haydn quartet! (Sorry, you’ll need to view the video for that reference….)
I look forward to hearing whether you are interested to incorporate Haydn Discovery into a future season!