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The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert

Date: 05/25/2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall

Cost: $42.00, $27.00, $12.00


Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 3 in F

Benjamin Britten
Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36

The celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth continues with this program featuring two monumental quartets by Britten and Shostakovich, both written in the aftermath of World War II. Shostakovich, who lived and composed music under constant threat of persecution by the Soviet authorities, often turned to the intimacy of the string quartet as a medium for his most personal expression and as a way to avoid the kind of spotlight that his larger scale works attracted. His Third Quartet, one of the composer’s personal favorites, contains direct and indirect references to the war, its brutality, and the existential questions raised by such a horrific event. In 1945, upon the war’s conclusion, Britten toured Germany with violinist Yehudi Menuhin to perform recitals for concentration camp survivors. His Second Quartet was written immediately upon his return to England after this life changing experience. While Britten and Shostakovich had not yet met when these pieces were composed (they were to become close friends after meeting in London in 1960), the connections between these two works and the circumstances of their composition will illuminate their musical friendship.

Please note: The program for this concert has been changed and The Turn of the Screw will no longer be performed as originally scheduled. See above for complete program information. If you have tickets for The Turn of the Screw on Sunday, May 25, your tickets for this concert will remain valid regardless of the printed concert title as long as the printed date is correct.


  • Name: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • E-mail: tickets@spcomail.org
  • Phone: 651-291-1144
  • Sponsored by: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


Parking is available at the 21st Avenue and 19th Avenue parking ramps on the West Bank at the University of Minnesota. There is a fee to park in these ramps. For more information go to: www.pts.umn.edu. There are also four parking spaces on the turn circle drive in front of Ted Mann Hall available to Ted Mann patrons needing accessible parking. These spaces are available one hour before event start time and up to ½ hour after Ted Mann event end time. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

More information: http://content.thespco.org/events/turn-screw/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please inform the ticket staff when you purchase tickets of your request. You may also contact the House Manager, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 612-626-9269, tmchhm@umn.edu

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