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St. Lawrence String Quartet performs World Premiere

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Costa Mesa – The award-winning St. Lawrence String Quartet returns to the Segerstrom Center with the world premiere of a new string quartet commissioned by composer James Matheson on Wednesday, February 19. The world premiere work was commissioned for the Center’s Chamber Music Series by long-time subscribers Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.

This is the Quartet’s third visit to Segerstrom and they return with a program that also includes Korngold’s String Quartet No. 3 and Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat major as well as his “Emperor” quartet (String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3). “The combination of works is unique and innovative,” said Christopher Costanza, cellist for the quartet. “We’re especially fired up about the new quartet we’ll be premiering by James Matheson.”

The St. Lawrence String Quartet includes Geoff Nuttall and newly appointed Mark Fewer, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola and Christopher Costanza, cello. The Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. They won the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992 and have held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University, since 1998. . John Adams has written two works for the quartet, including “String Quartet” (2009) and “Absolute Jest” (2012), which they premiered with the San Francisco Symphony in 2012. In 2011, they premiered “Qohelet,” a work by Osvaldo Golijov, also composed for them. The Quartet maintains a busy touring schedule. Some 2013/14 season highlights include visits throughout Canada and the United States.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet’s performance takes place at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. There is a free preview talk with Herbert Glass before the performance at 7:15 p.m. in the Samueli Theater.

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