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1772: Diversion and Divergence

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Quartet Salonniere

What was en vogue in 1772 Europe? Hoop skirts of unspeakable proportions, elaborate hairstyles that sometimes depicted current events, three-cornered hats, Revolutionary ideas…and in music — a form that had recently won over Austria and was now sweeping through the rest of Europe: the string quartet. This program highlights an extraordinary year in string quartet history, when the form still had strong ties to the divertimento but was also blossoming into its own deeply complex and wildly popular genre. Featuring music by Mozart, Franz Xaver Richter, and Joseph Haydn.

Aniela Eddy ~ violin and viola
Natalie Rose Kress ~ violin and viola
Rebecca Nelson ~ violin and viola
Cullen O’Neil ~ cello

Acclaimed for their spirited, engaging, and highly original performances, New York City-based Quartet Salonnières is devoted to performance practices of the Baroque through contemporary time periods. Members Aniela Eddy, Natalie Kress, Rebecca Nelson, and Cullen O’Neil met during their studies in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School. They have toured nationally and internationally, performing together on stages across New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada.

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1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.