Ninth Season Opened on February 18
Concerts at Maritime Museum of San Diego Offer a Memorable Floating Musical Experience
SAN DIEGO – The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are excited to partner to present the new season of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Museum’s historic world-class vessels, the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.
Concerts aboard the Berkeley, a National Historic Landmark docked in downtown San Diego next to Star of India, explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn’s quartet cycle. The Hausmann Quartet has so far performed 47 of Haydn’s quartets as part of the Haydn Voyages and is on track to complete the cycle in the next few seasons.
The 2024 season will open on February 18 with Haydn & Hollywood, a concert featuring Haydn quartets bracketing two exciting works with connections to the silver screen: Erich Korngold’s second quartet (1933) and Nicole Lizée’s theatrical Another Living Soul from 2016, which she describes as “stop motion animation for string quartet.” The season will continue on May 19, September 15 and November 24.
The dependably adventurous mix of music presented in the series combined with the idyllic views and sounds of the harbor make Haydn Voyages one of San Diego’s best-loved cultural institutions, now in its ninth season. Critics have consistently praised the Hausmann Quartet’s “technical prowess and musical taste,” their “especially refined performance of Haydn, marked by clarity, wit, and well-chosen tempos” (San Diego Union-Tribune) and noted the group’s “trademark sparkling ensemble playing coupled with graceful, stylish phrasing animated every movement” (San Diego Story).
Maritime Museum of San Diego Director of Marketing Theresa Smullen is enthusiastic about the 9th season. “The Maritime Museum of San Diego is pleased to continue this partnership with the Hausmann Quartet. The concert series is enjoyed by the San Diego community of local fans, out-of-town visitors and Museum members.”
The ninth season will take audiences on an array of wonderful journeys. The vast range of works are drawn from diverse traditions and cultures, featuring treasured classics alongside some of today’s freshest, most creative voices from around the world. Enjoy extraordinary performances from San Diego’s only floating concert hall!
“The Hausmann Quartet is one of a handful of string quartets…that move with fluent ease from Classical-period works (Haydn is one of their specialties) to contemporary works by living composers.” -San Diego Union-Tribune “As Hausmann has amply demonstrated in its long-running project to play all of the Haydn string quartets at the San Diego Maritime Museum, these musicians matched enviable technical prowess with ardent conviction.” – San Diego Story
All concerts are Sundays at 2:30, and include an intermission for a total length of under two hours. Each creative program will also include informative and entertaining commentary between selections from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.
The Hausmann Quartet would like to recognize the support of pH Projects, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program. KPBS is the exclusive media sponsor of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime.
More info at hausmannquartet.com
About the Hausmann Quartet
The Hausmann Quartet has established itself as an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California since its arrival in San Diego in 2010. As the Fisch/Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence at San Diego State University they teach and organize the chamber music program, engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments and visit local schools for concerts and clinics on behalf of the School of Music and Dance. They pioneered interactive programs for students, adult amateur musicians and local seniors, veterans and homeless with support from Mainly Mozart, Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and ACMP, and continue to administer and direct these programs as their own non-profit organization serving the Greater San Diego area, with recent grants from the California Arts Council, The Conrad Prebys Foundation and the City and County of San Diego. Current community engagement partnerships with organizations including Art of Elan, Resounding Joy, San Diego Rescue Mission and Father Joe’s Villages deepen the quartet’s local impact.
Founded in the summer of 2004 at Lyricafest, they have recently been hailed as “excellent” by the San Diego Union-Tribune, which also cited “Their outstanding virtue is a rare one: the ability to disappear into and behind whatever they are playing, leaving only the music in view.” They maintain an active performance schedule throughout North America and Asia. The members of the Hausmann Quartet are violinists Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong and cellist Alex Greenbaum. The quartet is named after Robert Hausmann, the eminent 19th-century German cellist and founding member of the Joachim Quartet.
About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarine, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.
About musicologist Derek Katz
Derek Katz is an Associate Professor of Music History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his PhD. He also holds a degree from Harvard, and has studied at The Free University of Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship. A specialist in Czech music, he has published articles in Musical Quarterly and multiple Czech journals, as well as chapters in Nineteenth Century Chamber Music (Schirmer, 1998), and in Janáček and His World (Princeton, 2003). Katz has also written for The New York Times and the San Francisco Opera and spoken at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is an enthusiastic amateur violist and chamber music player
Toni Robin, TR/PR Public Relations
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