Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime
Sixth Season Opens Online February 28, Concerts at Maritime Museum of San Diego Provide a Unique Floating Musical Experience
The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are excited to partner to present the sixth season of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Museum’s ten historic world-class vessels, the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy world-class performances from San Diego’s only floating concert hall!
Concerts aboard the Berkeley, also 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. Part of the vision for the Haydn Voyages series is for the Hausmann Quartet to perform the entire Haydn cycle of 68 works. Their scorecard now stands at 31 quartets, or 46%.
Having adapted to the conditions of the current pandemic in typically innovative style, the Hausmann Quartet presented their latest three concerts as dazzling online video offerings from aboard the Berkeley. The 2021 season will open with a virtual presentation on February 28 (available for viewing through March 7), with the hope of resuming in person presentations on May 16, September 12 and November 21.
The programming and performances by this accomplished young foursome set his works alongside those of master composers from our own era and stretching back to his musical ancestors. As the father of the string quartet and one of history’s most innovative composers, Haydn is an ideal guide to this exploration of some of the most powerful, creative music ever written.
Maritime Museum of San Diego Director of Development Kelli Lewis highlighted the uniqueness of the experience, “Staged aboard the National Historic Landmark steam ferry Berkeley and surrounded by 500 years of seafaring history, the Hausmann Quartet concerts are a delight for the ears and eyes!”
The creative and 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 sixth season. In addition to the popular quarterly concerts aboard the Berkeley, the 2021 season will feature three pop-up shows (one each in March, June and December), featuring the Hausmann Quartet performing in unique spaces around the Maritime Museum. Details on the selections and settings will be announced as they approach online and on social media.
The sixth season will take audiences on a series of wonderful journeys, with programs that encompass a vast range of time and place, featuring treasured classics alongside some of today’s freshest, most creative voices from around the world.
Sunday, February 28
Online presentation, pay what you wish, $5 minimum
The online opening of the 2021 season will continue to explore the unique time and place we find ourselves in, and the new kinds of creativity and connection that we have been forced to find. The program opens with Angélica Negrón’s Marejada, a piece written in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically to be played from separate locations via a video conferencing platform. The Hausmann Quartet will return to the Berkeley for Haydn’s groundbreaking Opus 20, No. 4 Quartet, paired with Grazyna Bacewicz’s dynamic String Quartet no. 4 from 1951. The concert concludes with an in person version of Marejada, in the composer’s words: “an invitation to sonically escape from your room and to actively imagine and immerse yourself in a different place and time.”
Sunday, May 16
Two Haydn quartets bookend a trio of compact but powerfully adventurous works from the 20th and 21st centuries in the Hausmann Quartet’s long-awaited return to live, in person performance. This concert will be held on the outdoor deck of the Berkeley, and features works by Silvestre Revueltas (the father of Mexican musical modernism), Alexandra Vrebalov (My Desert, My Rose from 2015) and Kerwin Young’s brief but evocative Peace on the Left, Justice on the Right, written in response to the murder of George Floyd. Audience members will once again be able to enjoy the idyllic sights and sounds of San Diego’s harbor as they experience live music.
Sunday, September 12
Time & Place
A world premiere by Joshua Roman is the centerpiece of this program. Originally scheduled for 2020, Roman’s piece (commissioned for the Hausmann Quartet and the Haydn Voyages series) is a meditation on the unique setting and era we find ourselves in today. This concert includes a novel collection of movements from some of Haydn’s contemporaries (St. Georges, Vanhal, Dittersdorf and Mozart) assembled to create a kind of “Composite Classical” Quartet, also a world premiere in its own way. Another Hausmann pandemic-era initiative was a composition competition, and the winning submission by Yangfan Xu will be featured on this show. The audience will be sent off into the San Diego sunset with Haydn’s evocative “Dream” quartet (op. 50/5)
Sunday, November 21
The sixth season closes with a celebration of beats that make us move, wherever and whoever we are. Music by Californian minimalist Terry Riley meets John Adams and recently departed jazz giant Chick Corea, as well as a trip back in time a few hundred years for some of the earliest music written for four string instruments (by Gregorio Allegri). Haydn’s place on the program may represent the least funky beat, but dance moves are still welcome!
All concerts are Sundays at 4 pm. For each in-person performance, refreshments will be available at the upper deck bar starting at 3 pm, as well as after each concert for a chance to mingle with performers and audience members. 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 City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program.
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 and County of San Diego. Current community engagement partnerships with organizations including Art of Elan, Resounding Joy, San Diego Rescue Mission and Veterans’ Village of San Diego 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 submarines, 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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