Alexander String Quartet Plus Two at Howland

April 26 program of Brahms string sextets

Alexander String Quartet

Alexander String Quartet

The Howland Chamber Music Circle announces a return performance by the Alexander String Quartet, this time augmented by an additional violist and cellist to perform the two string sextets by Johannes Brahms.

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011, the Alexander Quartet is widely admired for its interpretation of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich. The quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as ensemble-in-residence and as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.

The quartet will be joined by violist Toby Appel, who is a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many festivals, and cellist David Requiro, winner of the 2008 Naumburg Violoncello Competition.

For their performance at the Howland Center, the ensemble will play the two String Sextets, No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18, and No. 2 in G major, Op. 36, by Johannes Brahms.

The concert will take place on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St. in Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists.

Tickets at $30 ($10 for students) can be reserved by calling 845-765-3012 or at

Photo courtesy of Howland Chamber Music Circle

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