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Circadian String Quartet – Sunday, January 6 at 4 pm

David Ryther, violin; Monika Gruber, violin; Omid Assadi, viola; David Wishnia, cello

Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’
Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
David Ryther Chiaroscuro II

Circadian String Quartet presents: Songs of Death and Rebirth. Schubert’s beloved Death and the Maiden and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 are the masterworks which profoundly explore themes of death and rebirth. Connecting these favorites will be Chiaroscuro II, original interludes for string quartet by David Ryther, which use the poetry of Rumi to shed his characteristic mystical light on the subject.

Bay Area based Circadian String Quartet was founded in 2013 to perform classical and contemporary repertoire with folkloric or cultural significance. CSQ is proud to have given world and U.S. premieres of exciting new pieces of chamber music, a result of working closely with several living composers, including Sahba Aminikia, Ben Carson, Toronto-based Noam Lemish, and British composer Ian Venables. Members of CSQ perform throughout the Bay Area and also serve as resident teaching artists for the Zephyr Point Chamber Music Workshop. Dedicated to music education, the quartet works intensely with musician of all ages in developing their musical abilities in chamber music.

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