Join the popular Solera Quartet for this special program which will feature Beethoven’s sublime String Quartet in a minor, Op. 132. The heart of this profound work is the third movement, titled “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart” or “Song of Thanksgiving to God for recovery from an illness, in the Lydian mode.” Beethoven wrote this deeply personal work towards the end of his life, after a long period of ill health. It is an emotionally spiritual work, full of longing, gratitude, and contemplative attempts to converse with God and the afterlife. The beauty and intensity of this piece is ever more moving when we remember that Beethoven had succumbed to full deafness by the time he composed this work. Op. 132 is a true glimpse into the depths of Beethoven’s soul.
The New York City-based Solera Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Members Tricia Park (Violin and Viola Professor, University of Notre Dame) and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Molly Carr, viola; and Andrew Janss, cello, have been featured in such world-renowned international venues as Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Orchard Hall in Tokyo, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. They have also participated in prestigious festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, LaJolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Music from Angelfire. Noteworthy accomplishments include an Avery Fisher Career grant, a Grammy Award nomination, top prizes at international competitions and a CMS2 artist roster appointment at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Members are graduates of the Juilliard School, Harvard College, New England Conservatory and the Manhattan and Yale Schools of Music.