Amati Quartet Schedule

  • October 14, 2013
  • January 11, 2014
  • February 15, 2014
  • March 1, 2014 (Regina)
  • March 22, 2014

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Performance schedule 2013-2014

University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet
2013 – 2014 season

Marla Cole – violin
Rudolf Sternadel – violin
Geoff Cole – viola
Terence Sturge – cello

October, 14th, 2013 at Third Avenue United at 2:00 and 7:30pm

Guest artists:
Arthur Boan – violin, William Boan – violin,  Hans Deason – cello

Joel MacDonald – cello, Heather Wilson – viola, Renée de Moissac - harpsichord

Bach  Brandenburg  Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051, (1716)
Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, RV580, (1711)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048, (1718)
Mendelssohn Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20, (1825)

The opening concert of the 2013 – 2014 season features brilliant young local musicians as soloists: Arthur Boan (violin), William Boan (violin), Hans Deason (cello), Joel MacDonald (cello ) and Heather Wilson (viola),as well as renowned harpsichordist Renée de Moissac.  This special holiday concert on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14th, includes the famous Mendelssohn Octet, Brandenburg Concertos #3 and #6, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins.

The Six Brandenburg concertos, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, reflect the unfortunate musical realities of the time – that composers were at the mercy of the aristocracy.  These concertos were written as a musical résumé or job application to the Margrave of Brandenburg even though Bach was in the service of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cohen at the time. Bach was not rewarded with a job, a fee, or even a performance of the works.  It appears that the score was never used, and at the time of the Margrave’s death was sold for a pittance.  Thankfully, the music survives as some of the most unique concertos in the string repertoire.

Vivaldi’s Op. 3  “L’estro Armonico”, published in 1711, was reprinted many times and performed throughout Europe. It was the most popular and perhaps the most influential music publication of the 18th century. Bach was so impressed with this work that he arranged it as a concerto for four solo harpsichords so that he and his sons could play it at their Leipzig coffee-house concerts. Four dueling violins exchange scintillating conversation in the Concerto for Four Violins.

Mendelssohn’s Octet was composed in 1825, at the age of 16, as a birthday present to a close friend. Each of the eight voices is distinct and important, preserving the independent voices of true chamber music.  The quick tempos are a dazzling specimen of Mendelssohn’s ‘elfin’ scherzo style, which was a forerunner to his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” composed one year later.


January 11th, 2014 at Third Avenue United Church at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

The Beethoven Cycle – Concert No. 1

Reaching for new heights of creative achievement, the Amati Quartet embarks on the Olympian challenge of performing the complete Beethoven cycle – 16 string quartets in 6 concerts.  Beethoven composed music that strained the sonic boundaries and pushed form beyond the recognized limits of the times. The string quartets of Beethoven inspire musicians to surpass even their own expectations of themselves. The ultimate goal of every string quartet is to complete the cycle – a celebration of the composer, the music, and the musicians. The six concert cycle begins in 2014 on January 11th and March 22nd.

Beethoven String Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 127, (1822, 1824-25)
Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1, (1798 – 1800)
Beethoven String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, (1806)


February 15th, 2014 at Third Avenue United Church at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Haydn String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1, (1781)
Mozart String Quartet No. 21 in D major, KV 575, (1789)
Dvorak String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, Op. 9, (1873)

The Amati Quartet continues their journey through all 83 of Haydn’s string quartets by including Op. 33, No. 1 in this program.

Mozart’s last three quartets were composed during tough times in the life of Mozart and his wife Constanza. Both were extremely ill, mourning the death of his father, and in a desperate financial situation. However, the joyful String Quartet in D major K.575 does not reflect Mozart’s personal circumstances at that time.  The uplifting music features the cello in a dominant role in order to please the excellent cellist King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, who commissioned Mozart’s final set of quartets.

One of Dvorak’s rarely heard quartets, but one that should be on everyone’s desert island list is the fifth quartet in F minor. Dvorak thought so highly of this composition that he reused the slow movement in his Romance for solo violin and orchestra– one of his most elegant and hauntingly beautiful melodies.


March 1st – The program form the February  15th concert will also be performed in Regina as part of the Cecilian Concert Series at Knox Metropolitan Church, 2340 Victoria Avenue, Regina at  7:30pm.

Tickets available at the door.


March 22nd, 2014 at Third Avenue United Church at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

The Beethoven Cycle – Concert No. 2

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, ‘The Harp’, (1809)
Beethoven String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2, (1798 – 1800)
Beethoven String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, (1825 – 26)

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*All repertoire, dates and artists are subject to change