The nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, labeled “the most impressive of American string quartets” by The New York Times, closes the season for Chamber Music Houston. The program, according to violinist Eugene Drucker, is a showcase of music by “the big three,” Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. (The lineup includes Haydn’s String Quartet No. 26 in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat Major, K. 428; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky.”)
While the quartet has been to Houston many times (“You have a great concert hall there,” says Drucker of Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall), this will be the first time the group’s newest member, celloist Paul Watkins, will perform with them here. Adjusting to the group’s new personnel lineup has been both enjoyable and exciting for the member musicians. “He’s coming in and learning lots of new music all at once, so we’re rehearsing more. Because of that, I think we’re all finding a renewed appreciation for the music. Also, he has a darker sound, and I think we’ve all become a little darker-sounding since he joined the group.”
7:30 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, visit chambermusichouston.org. $20 to $75.
Tue., April 29, 7:30 p.m., 2014