Sunday’s November 10, 2019, Hausmann Quartet concert at the Maritime Museum of San Diego continued the ensemble’s traversal of all of the Haydn string quartets. Their program also included Andrew Norman’s “Peculiar Strokes” from 2011 and Igor Stravinsky’s rarely programmed single movement “Concertino” from 1920.

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In addition to the Hausmann Quartet’s multi-year traversal of all the Joseph Haydn string quartets, the intrepid San Diego ensemble has annually presented during the season prior to Easter the composer’s string quartet version of his profound orchestral work “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This year, Hausmann gave their concert Sunday, April 14, in the Luce Loft down in San Diego’s East Village.

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The Hausmann Quartet’s latest installment of its Haydn Voyages at the San Diego Maritime Museum on Sunday, March 31, offered a pair of Haydn String Quartets—including the beloved C Major “Emperor”—a plush work by Terry Riley called “G Song,” and three Armenian Folk Songs arranged for string quartet. I was quite taken by Riley’s “G…

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Michael Francis opened the 30th installment of San Diego’s annual Mainly Mozart Festival Saturday, June 9, with an ebullient orchestra concert that started with with Jean-Féry Rebel’s harmonically startling, rarely performed Baroque dance suite “Les Élémens,” jumped to Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 415, featuring soloist Anne-Marie McDermott—that composer’s equally assertive attack on late 18th-century Viennese rococo elegance—and closed with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

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