04/22/2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan


Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (Miriam Fried, violin and program director; Maria Ioudenitch, Violin; Zhanbo Zheng, viola; Zoë Martin-Doike, viola; Zlatomir Fung, cello)

MENDELSSOHN: String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 18
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge

Each summer Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute brings talented young musicians from around the world to make music under the supervision of a renowned faculty. Then in the spring, the most promising musicians tour under the direction of acclaimed violinist Miriam Fried.

Their 2018 program includes Beethoven’s late quartet Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge as last movement, as originally conceived by the composer—a colossal work in the string quartet literature. Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet is vibrant and warmhearted, composed when he was 17 years old (except for the replacement second movement added six years later). Mendelssohn had already composed his Octet Op. 20 a year before, far surpassing comparable efforts of such child prodigies as Mozart and Schubert, so his Viola Quintet is already considered part of his mature period.