Fifth Season Opens February 9
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 fifth 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.
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 is to perform the entire Haydn cycle of 68 works. Their scorecard now stands at 26 quartets, or 38%.
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.
“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
Maritime Museum of San Diego Director of Development Kelli Lewis highlighted the uniqueness of the experience, “The Hausmann Quartet has created an exquisite mix of music and education for Maritime Museum of San Diego visitors looking for a new cultural waterfront experience. The concerts are uniquely staged aboard the National Historic Landmark steam ferry Berkeley while surrounded by 500 years of seafaring history, ships and exhibits.”
The consistently creative and adventurous programs presented in the series combined with the idyllic views and sounds of the harbor make Haydn Voyages one of San Diego’s best-loved young cultural institutions. In addition to the popular quarterly concerts aboard the Berkeley, the 2020 season will feature occasional pop-up shows, featuring the Hausmann Quartet (along with students and collaborators) performing in unique spaces around the Maritime Museum. An announcement about these special events will be released in January.
The fifth 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. Enjoy world-class performances on 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
Sunday, February 09
Dancing in the Orange Groves
The season opens with an evocative California adventure featuring a mix of music, pairing two Haydn masterpieces with works suggestive of our own time and place. Terry Riley’s Good Medicine Dance is the final segment of his epic Salome Dances for Peace, which updates the legend of Salome to today (or at least to 1987). Caroline Shaw’s Valencia is an ode to the common supermarket orange, but also in the composer’s words “a kind of celebration of awareness of the natural, unadorned food that is still available to us.”
Sunday, April 19
After the Storm
The Hausmann Quartet will be joined by longtime friend and collaborator, soprano Ann Moss, for John Harbison’s The Rewaking, the centerpiece of an afternoon of music drawing inspiration from the natural world. This exploration of our environment is sure to be an unforgettable journey, including a sound meditation by Pauline Oliveros (who spent significant time in San Diego), John Howell Morrison’s Hard Weather Makes Good Wood and Haydn’s Bird Quartet.
Sunday, October 04
The fall return of Haydn Voyages series is an adventurous mix of old and new. Haydn will be joined on this concert by two of today’s most compelling composers: Hannah Lash (her 2009 work Frayed) and a world premiere by Joshua Roman, commissioned for the Hausmann Quartet. Beethoven turns 250 this year, but his music sounds as fresh, experimental and powerful as ever; his Serioso quartet anchors this program’s exploration of contrast, breath, tension and release.
Sunday, November 15
The fifth season closes with a trip around the world featuring wonderfully varied journey around the world, with stops in this century’s Middle East and 18th-century France, and of course Haydn’s Austria. Works by two Iranian composers from today (Reza Vali and Aftab Darvishi) share a program with the wonderfully inventive Chevalier de Saint-Georges (remembered as the first classical composer of African descent) who collaborated on many of Haydn’s Paris premieres. Take a trip around the world with the Hausmann Quartet to round out the fifth season of Haydn Voyages!
All concerts are Sundays at 4 pm, and 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 and Maritime Museum are delighted to recognize the support of pH Projects and the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program.
$50 VIP Reserved seating
$25 General Admission
$20 Maritime Museum members
$40 Package deal for museum + concert admission
20% Discount on Season Subscription (4 concerts: $160 VIP Reserved or $80 General Admission)
Tickets at the door (day of concert):
$60 VIP Reserved seating
$30 General Admission
$20 Maritime Museum members
$40 Package deal for museum + concert admission
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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