Dmitri Shostakovich's music reflects not only the man, but the time he lived in. ''Life between 1938 and 1974, in the Soviet Union was very [difficult],'' says Ori Kam, violist for the Jerusalem String Quartet via press materials. ''The music really pulls us into that world.''
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Kam calls Shostakovich's music one of the few ''spectacular flowers that bloomed'' in the country during that time. The Russian composer's dynamic, dark music is the only thing on the program for the quartet's two-day stint at The Menil Collection. The group, which recently completed the entire cycle of Shostakovich's 15 string quartets at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will make their debut with Da Camera of Houston, performing String Quartet No. 1, 2, and 3 on Monday, followed by String Quartet No. 4, 5, and 6 on Tuesday. The works are introspective and haunting, marked with anger, sarcasm and, ultimately, resolve. ''That's the beauty of this music. It really invites one to look deeper.''
Mon., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012