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Another New(/Old) Venue - March 18, 2019

Once again, The Rittenhouse Savoy comes to the rescue. About four years ago the Art Alliance was double-booked and the Savoy - with only a couple hours notice - graciously opened its doors to Liebesfreud. 
As the Art Alliance building is undergoing renovations, the Savoy once again demonstrates its "neighborliness" by inviting Liebesfreud in to disrupt with a little Haydn and Beethoven. 
5:30p.m. Free admission. Welcome!  

Great Old Music, Wonderful New(/Old) Venue - December 1, 2018

Please join Liebesfreud for our 16th Annual Beethoven's Birthday Concert! This time we move to the Old City section of Philadelphia to perform in the former Saint Paul's Church, now home to Episcopal Community Services. All donations to support ECS programs.

Lucky 13 - September 13, 2018

Liebesfreud begins its thirteenth season of "Last Fridays" programs.
We're closing in on a hundred of these- this month's is #93.
Mozart and Mendelssohn start the proceedings with Beethoven to follow in November. December's highlight will be the  annual Beethoven's Birthday Concert. 
Stay tuned ... and welcome to your "Lucky 13"!  

"Pop-up" / "Musical Tasting" / "Sneak Preview" - June 26, 2018

Call it what you will, but just don't miss it! 
 ~  THURSDAY, June 28th - 3:00 p.m.  ~ 

Recent Curtis grad and talented-cellist-soon-to-solo-with-the-Philadephia-Orchestra!, Zachary Mowitz,  joins for some Schubert and Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations.
Zachary performs the latter at the Mann Music Center next month. We only hope his schedule will allow him to be with us again later this season (stay tuned) for the complete Schubert Cello Quintet, a monument in the chamber music literature.

~ 3:00 p.m. / Thursday, June 28 ~
(We couldn't wait till June's "Last Friday" to share this program with you!) 
Elkins Central (in the recently renovated Elkins Park train station) 
7876 Spring Avenue, Elkins Park  

Program length: about an hour
Admission: Free 

New Chapter in Liebesfreud Series - January 27, 2018

Liebesfreud began its 13th season yesterday evening with its 88th "Last Fridays" program which was also the first in a new partnership with the University of the Arts.
UArts has joined with the venerable Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square, the principal venue for Liebesfreud's chamber music series since the spring of 2007. 

Haydn and Beethoven featured in next performance, February 23, 2018.
Admission: Free  

Mozart turns 262 - January 1, 2018

Happy 2018! 
And the beginning of Liebesfreud's 13th year of "Last Fridays" concerts. 
Liebesfreud will soon celebrate Mozart's birthday - again - for the thirteenth year in a row now. 
This time his well loved "Hoffmeister" quartet will be paired with a little Beethoven.
Free admission at the historic Philadelphia Art Alliance edifice on Rittenhouse Square.  
(details on the 'calendar' page)  

Liebesreud's 13th Season on the Horizon - August 28, 2017

Liebesfreud's thirteenth season officially begins, Friday, October 27. 
Mozart and Brahms.  

We look forward, once again, to sharing with you some of the most wonderful, beautiful and meaningful music ever written for the string quartet. 

Liebesfreud's 12th Year of Free "Last Fridays" Concerts Begins - January 1, 2017

January 27th, 2006 - Liebesfreud is the only String Quartet in America to present a free all-Mozart concert to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
That date also marked the first in a series of programs, "Last Fridays", all free and open to the public, 80 of which have been presented to date. 
The next, THIS January 27th, also includes Mozart - the G minor Viola Quintet with guest, Jason DePue - paired with another late work of fellow genius, Mendelssohn.

please see the 'calendar' page for details 

14th Annual WinterShelter Benefit Approaches - November 24, 2016

December 18th @ 6p.m. 
Once again Liebesfreud combines a celebration of Beethoven's birthday with the opportunity for us all to soften the lives of those less fortunate. All donations  go directly to Trinity Center's program to house and feed Philadelphia's homeless through these winter months. 
This time around, Mark Gigliotti, Shelley Showers, Socrates Villegas and Rob Kesselman- all of Philadelphia Orchestra fame!- join the festivities for Beethoven's thoroughly enjoyable 'Septet'.  
Wine & Cheese reception to follow.  

~ Please see the 'calendar' page for details. ~  

Liebesfreud's 12th Season on the Horizon - September 18, 2016

Liebesfreud's twelfth season officially begins at 5:30p.m. on September 30th
with quartets by two of music's most gifted and devoted composers in the string quartet genre.

Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet (and the symphony, for that matter) wrote so engagingly for this chamber ensemble. He earned the admiration of Mozart and Beethoven, but by the time he began his final string quartet- op. 103- he realized his powers were beginning to wane so he stopped writing after completing only two movements, noting as he did, "Gone is all my strength; old and weak am I". 
Notwithstanding this self-assessment, the work as it exists (like the Schubert "Unfinished" symphony and Mozart [uncompleted] mass both of which the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this week) is a masterpiece and a great gift to music lovers. 

Schubert, even though his lifespan was so much shorter than Haydn's, left a truly remarkable legacy as well and it is impossible to imagine the world without his heartrendingly beautiful "Rosamunde" quartet [op. 29] which is the feature work of this one-hour program. 

As always- admission is free for concerts in this "Last Fridays" series. 

2016 - 2017 Season Announcement - July 14, 2016

Liebesfreud is pleased to announce another season of our "Last Fridays" series at the Art Alliance. 
There will be programs in September, October & November of this year, and January, February, March & May of 2017. 
We will also continue our tradition of our Annual Beethoven's Birthday concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, as a Benefit for the program "WinterShelter" which helps Philadelphia's homeless.

Details to be released in late August.

Thank you, all, and have a great summer! 

Much to Celebrate - January 1, 2016

Liebesfreud rehearsals are under way for our "Last Fridays" 10th Anniversary concert on January 29th. 
(The first program in 2006 was on the occasion of Mozart's 250th "birthday". ) 
And the upcoming program, on January 29th, will be our 75th! 
Schubert's wondrous and largest scale chamber music work, the Octet, is featured. 

In addition to the "usual suspects", joining are all old friends: Miles Blazer Davis, Principal Bass, Orchestra of Opera Philadelphia - Kathryn Mehrtens, French Horn with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra - Mark Gigliotti, co-Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra - and traveling from half the world away, Wei-Leng William Chen, former Principal Clarinet with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. 

This concert will be a benefit for the Philadelphia Art Alliance which has been our longtime collaborator in presenting this free "Last Fridays" series.

Please come! 

(details on the 'calendar' page) 

Thanksgiving as our 10th Season Draws to a Close - November 26, 2015

Liebesfreud's 10th season is almost in the books; but first, we pause to acknowledge - and THANK - the many fine artists and FRIENDS who have so graciously joined us over the last decade.

Ricardo Morales, Mozart Clarinet Quintet 
Harold Robinson, Dvorak Bass Quintet  
Jennifer Montone, Mozart Horn Quintet K. 407
Vivian Barton-Dozor, Schubert Cello Quintet
Clipper Erickson and Luigi Mazzocchi, Brahms Piano Quintet
Efe Baltacigil and Vivian Barton-Dozor, Schubert Cello Quintet
Alison Avery, Mozart Viola Quintet K. 593
Michal Schmidt, Elgar Violin & Piano Sonata op. 82
Miles Davis, Dvorak Bass Quintet
Hugh Sung, Fritz Kreisler salon pieces
Sam Caviezel, Brahms Clarinet Quintet
Mari-Liis Pakk, Noah Luft-Weissburg,  Heather Wright and Regina Golovina, Mendelssohn Octet
Ana Tzinadze and Dane Anderson, Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Renard Edwards, Mendelssohn Viola Quintet op. 87
Vivian Barton-Dozor, Arensky Quartet op. 35
Dara Morales and Jesus Morales, Brahms Sextet op. 18
Hugh Sung, music of Clara & Robert Schumann
Christoph Eschenbach, Dvorak Piano Quintet 
Ricardo Morales, Brahms Clarinet Quintet
Hai-Ye Ni, Beethoven op. 130
Vivian Barton-Dozor, Schubert Cello Quintet
Pierre Tourville and Hai-Ye Ni Mozart C minor Viola Quintet
Pierre Tourville, Brahms F major Viola Quintet

Beethoven's "Harp" - November 18, 2015

Two opportunities to hear this wonderful masterpiece from the String Quartet literature. 
November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving) in a one hour FREE concert at the Rittenhouse Savoy and December 20 for our Annual Beethoven's Birthday Benefit (for "Wintershelter"- $10 suggested donation). 
Please see the 'Calendar' page for additional information.

The Unknown Dvorak - October 18, 2015

Well, maybe this is a little misleading... 
... though we will be playing one or two beautiful - but little known - Dvorak love songs to prepare the way for his gorgeous op. 51 string quartet. 
The venue is in the burbs, but not too far- only a one-minute walk from the Elkins Park train station.

October 31 at 4:15 p.m.
Free admission.
(please see calendar page)  

September 25th Concert Rescheduled - September 18, 2015

Dear loyal audience members,  
The weekend visit of Pope Francis is being anticipated greatly by the Philadelphia community. There will be many of you who would have difficulties traveling to our concert so we are 
postponing this performance.
The replacement date is October 16.  

We hope to see you all at this first-ever "Middle Friday"!

Le retour de Pierre! - March 12, 2015

May 1st ~ 5:30 p.m. 
Pierre Tourville joins us again, this time for Brahms.
Audiences will remember, with great pleasure, M. Tourville's Philadelphia premiere in Mozart's C minor Viola Quintet last spring. This year Pierre has graciously agreed to join us in our season ending concert with the Brahms F major Viola Quintet. 
The companion work - opening the program - is Haydn's 1772 F minor string quartet, which wraps up our survey this season of that composer's op. 20 (set of six quartets). 
As with all the concerts in our "Last Fridays" series, admission is free - 
although audience members this time will, in Mr. Tourville's honor, have the opportunity to make contributions (fully tax-deductible) to Musicopia. 
 ~ ~

Haydn and Beethoven - February 18, 2015

Liebesfreud continues its "Last Fridays" series with a pairing of master and teacher.
The survey of Haydn's op. 20 string quartets continues with the A major (Divertimento)
followed by Beethoven's succinct yet remarkable op. 95.
~ program length, about an hour ~
(admission: free)

... further details on the calendar page ... 

A Little Haydn & a Healthy Helping of Beethoven - November 24, 2014

Those desperately seeking escape from their families’ bosoms can find refuge (and no food) at another of Liebesfreud’s “Last Fridays” shindigs.
This month’s program has no “hook”—no birthday or anniversary of which we’re aware—just two great canonical classics.

The first is Haydn’s Quartet in D major from Op. 20.
Our theme this season is Haydn’s series of six quartets Op. 20, significant because one could fairly say that these works mark the point at which the string quartet became the String Quartet. These early works are just as beautiful and as stupefyingly imaginative as all the other great Haydn quartets.

Beethoven’s first “Razumovsky” quartet, Op. 59, No. 1 is much bigger—in time scale and in the number of ideas set forth and integrated—than anything previously composed in the genre, but more importantly it’s just great music.
And hearing our interpretation in this concert will afford you the priceless opportunity to compare it with our upcoming “Beethoven’s Birthday Bash” performance of the quartet on December 21, sure to reveal an increase in depth and understanding.

Can you afford to miss this?

More Haydn to be Heard - October 1, 2014

Liebesfreud explores another of the op. 20 works by this "father of the string quartet". 
An open rehearsal at the end of October and a performance the day after Thanksgiving will be the next two opportunities to  continue this journey with us. 
[please see the 'calendar' page]

These programs are part of our Free "Last Fridays" series.  

Liebesfreud's 10th Season Opens - September 1, 2014

Liebesfreud opens its tenth season of free "Last Fridays" programs on September 26th at Philadelphia's renowned Art Alliance on historic Rittenhouse Square. 

This year's programs will highlight the six quartets of Haydn's op. 20 set, each paired with an adventurously contrasting work. This month will be the G minor Haydn and Debussy's stunning masterpiece in the same key. 

Please come and celebrate "Classical Music Month" (as September was dubbed 20 years ago by President Bill Clinton) with Liebesfreud! 

(details on the 'calendar' page)

Pierre Tourville Joins Liebesfreud - March 1, 2014

Liebesfreud anticipates the privilege and joy of yet another collaboration with an esteemed colleague.
Pierre Tourville has graciously agreed to join us to present one of Mozart's great and masterful Viola Quintets. Monsieur Tourville has selected the C minor quintet, originally conceived by Mozart for an octet of winds. 
The Philadelphia Orchestra, under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be in the midst of a week long Mozart Festival (see so M. Tourville and Liebesfreud offer this work to give lovers of Mozart one more cause for celebration. 
The program will also include two Dvorak love songs for string quartet. 
(more details on the 'calendar' page) 

Better Late than ... - February 2, 2014

Probably without his inestimable contribution in the Opera genre, Giuseppe Verdi would not belong in the pantheon of great composers. 
Still though, last year Liebesfreud was so looking forward to celebrating -  with the rest of the world - the bicentennial of his birth...  especially because his STRING QUARTET -unjustly neglected! - is a truly great work of genius.
Some of you may remember our disappointment when we had to postpone its [November 2013] performance because Dave was recovering from a hand injury....
This month's 'Last Fridays' concert gives us the opportunity to celebrate, albeit belatedly, this man's single - and singular - string quartet offering.
Please come join us.

Schubert Anniversary - January 18, 2014

Philadelphia favorite, cellist Vivian Barton, joins Liebesfreud (again!) to help us celebrate this Schubert anniversary with that master's sublime C major Quintet.
The ACADEMY OF VOCAL ARTS (AVA) has graciously offered to host this special - and our 60th! - free "Last Fridays" concert.
To our loyal Art Alliance audience: AVA is  just a 5 minute walk up Spruce Street (at 1920).
(The program will begin at 5:45 to allow time for those who haven't seen this update.)
The concert will be over before 7:00.

Last "Last Friday" for 2013 - November 26, 2013

Liebesfreud begs your indulgence: November's program has changed due to a hand injury of our violist.

The new program will begin with Mozart and Borodin; Beethoven is still represented, although by his G major String Trio. The Verdi will be rescheduled for early 2014. 

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