St. Lawrence String Quartet

Hugely influential in the development of chamber music, Franz Joseph Haydn was known as “the father of the string quartet.” The St. Lawrence String Quartet pays tribute to him and his continued influence in its program The Birth of the String Quartet: Haydn Discovery and Beethoven. The Da Camera-produced concert features the quartet’s co-founder and violinist, Geoff Nuttall, who makes a case for Haydn as the greatest composer of all time, and whom The New York Times calls the “Jon Stewart of chamber music” for bringing humor, spontaneity and the ridiculous to a genre not traditionally known for making audiences laugh. Along with performing Haydn’s String Quartet No. 62 in its entirety, the ensemble (which got its start in 1989 and also includes co‑founder Lesley Robertson on viola, Mark Fewer on violin and Christopher Costanza on cello) will also tackle Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3. No word if Nuttall will also introduce a “Moment of Zen” or make jokes about New Jersey.

8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713‑524‑5050 or visit dacamera.com. $30 to $65.
Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2014

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