Elias String Quartet: Beamish and Schumann

Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Included in the Da Camera at the Menil series. Or Build Your Own Series of any 6 to 9 concerts.

Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: New Work (2018) U.S. Premiere
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)

The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.

“There’s something intoxicating about the Elias String Quartet…. Intensely absorbing, exquisitely considered….stunning.”– Philadelphia Inquirer

“Spectacular….a perfectly balanced mix of vitality, depth, formal elegance and that playful, flirtatious wit that makes all of Haydn’s quartets so impossible to resist….A bold, often thrilling performance.” — Washington Post