Wanted to share this note from Andrew Meacham, the performing arts writer at the TB Times about tonight’s Palladium Chamber Players concert, featuring the Ehnes Quartet. James Ehnes is the leader and Amy Schwartz Moretti, the popular former concertmaster at the Florida Orchestra is part of the group.
Here’s what Andrew said:
The 16 string quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven have been compared with Michaelangelo’s statues and Shakespeare at his best. For one night, the highly regarded Ehnes Quartet will perform a selection each from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods, including the Quartet in F major Op. 135, the last complete work he wrote before his death.
“This work, the string quartets of Beethoven, are arguably the most pivotal musical compositions in the history of the world,” said Ehnes cellist Edward Arron, left, who teaches cello at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has soloed for numerous major orchestras. “They have been crafted with such skill and imagination. And the idea that Beethoven, particularly with the later quartets, conceived and composed these pieces in complete deafness to be brought back 200 years later, is mind-boggling.” Arron 40, started playing with violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, and violist Richard O’Neill, last fall. He continues to play with the Palladium Chamber Players. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$38, students with ID $10. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.