Symphony will close chamber series with April 3 concert

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Season finale is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Tickets are still on sale.

The program will feature the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, featuring Borislava Iltcheva, violin; Aaron Farrell, violin; Jennifer Cassin, viola; Daniel Cassin, cello.

The Chamber Season closes with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 6 in B Major,” published in 1801, written between 1798 and 1800. The string quartets of Beethoven are among the greatest achievements in all the arts.

In this genre and in these works, Beethoven took music to a new place and created a relationship between composer and listener that had never been experienced before. Although it is an “early” work for the composer, the “Op. 18” represents Beethoven’s total mastery of the string quartet genre and opens the door for the journey that would unfold in his quartets to follow.

The second and final piece on the program will be “String Quartet No. 2 in D Major” by Alexander Borodin, written in 1881. Borodin was, like many of his now famous Russian composer friends, a composer by avocation; he had a day job.

Borodin pursued a distinguished career as a physician and chemist first, composing only in his truly precious spare time.

Borodin’s “String Quartet No. 2” has long been an audience favorite in the world of chamber music.

This quintessentially Russian work is full of lush lyricism, memorable melodies, great energy and colorful writing; all trademarks of this popular composer.

Tickets are $25.

For tickets or more information, call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or visit http://www.brso.org.

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