Concert Series At The Maritime Museum

Hausmann Quartet

Hausmann Quartet

Enjoy this classical music series aboard a historic national landmark docked in downtown San Diego at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The Berkeley – a 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.

Explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn’s quartet cycle. 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.


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Hausmann Quartet

“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).

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Concert ticket price includes a 50% off discount admission coupon to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Expires 90 days from concert date. On your return to the museum you and your friends and family will enjoy an array of historical maritime exhibits, art and photography aboard the Berkeley, plus tour one or several of 10 historic vessels including Soviet and US Navy submarines and the new San Salvador.

The quartet is named after Robert Hausmann, the eminent 19th-century German cellist and founding member of the Joachim Quartet. The Quartet is gaining regional acclaim and was recently featured in San Diego Opera’s breakthrough production of “As One.” “If it weren’t for Haydn, we’d all be out of jobs,” jokingly explained co-founder and violinist Bram Goldstein. “He found beauty and synergy in putting together a group of similar timbered instruments into one ensemble.” Goldstein and fellow violist Isaac Allen conceived of this idea and founded the Hausmann Quartet in 2004 at a music festival in New Jersey, and the rest (as they say) is history. The two are joined by Isaac’s wife Angela Choong on viola and Alex Greenbaum on cello.

Maritime Museum of San Diego Director of Development Kelli Lewis enunciated the uniqueness of the experience, “For the last two years The Hausmann Quartet has created an exquisite mix of music and education for visitors looking for a new cultural experience surrounded by maritime history and vessels from 500 years of seafaring history from sail to steam to submarine.” 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 14, or 20.6%. The third season will open on February 25 with future concerts on May 20, September 16, and November 11. All concerts are Sundays at 4pm, and refreshments will be available at the upper deck bar starting at 3:30 pm. Each creative program will also include informative and entertaining commentary during the performance from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.

February 25: Early Years
The 2018 season opens with an exploration of Haydn’s beginnings in the string quartet genre, featuring one of his opus 1 quartets along with an example of his more mature opus 9 works, written five years later. Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Quartet 1931 is an American modernist masterpiece that put the young composer on the map, and Tina Tallon’s selective defrosting from 2012 is an evocative, exciting work from an up-and-coming composer with San Diego roots.

May 6: Anniversaries
In a fascinating and varied program that will feature a world premiere by Stephen Prutsman, the Hausmann Quartet will present works celebrating significant anniversaries in 2018: Steve Reich’s seminal Different Trains (composed 30 years in ago in 1988), along with Haydn’s opus 55/1 (composed 230 years ago in 1788). Some of the earliest chamber music ever written (from 16th-century England) will round out this unique concert experience.

September 16: Form and Texture
A pair of Haydn Quartets frames two exquisitely crafted works from our modern era: Philip Glass’ Company (composed in 1983 for a dramatization of Samuel Beckett’s novella of the same name) and Marcos Balter’s Chambers from 2012, described by one critic as “a mesmerizing plunge into icy musical depths….This is a gorgeous piece, well worth hearing again.” The singular atmosphere of the Berkeley and San Diego harbor is sure to add to this exciting program.

November 11: Journeys on the Voyager
In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager Golden Record, which included selections of images, music, speech and sounds from around the world, into outer space. Beethoven’s sublime Cavatina from his opus 130 quartet was the final piece of music, and the project was directed by Carl Sagan, whose request to turn the Voyager around portrait of Earth looking back on us as it was leaving the solar system from six billion miles away inspired David Ludwig’s 2014 work Pale Blue Dot. One of Haydn’s quartets from the time Beethoven studied with him completes this program. As Jimmy Carter said at the time of the Voyager’s launch, “This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.”

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 and homeless as Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart with support from the 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. Founded in the summer of 2004 at Lyricafest, they have recently been hailed as “Excellent” by 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.” Further praise follows as “an accomplished young foursome with a luscious sound and an experimental bent” (Repeat Performances) and “with a robust spirit that remained elegantly transparent throughout” (San Diego Story). 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.

Haydn Voyages is generously underwritten by pH Projects, with additional support from the County of San Diego’s Community Enhancement Program.

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