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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.

2006
Ricardo Morales, Mozart Clarinet Quintet 
Harold Robinson, Dvorak Bass Quintet  
Jennifer Montone, Mozart Horn Quintet K. 407
2007
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
2008
Miles Davis, Dvorak Bass Quintet
Hugh Sung, Fritz Kreisler salon pieces
Sam Caviezel, Brahms Clarinet Quintet
2009
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
2010
Vivian Barton-Dozor, Arensky Quartet op. 35
Dara Morales and Jesus Morales, Brahms Sextet op. 18
Hugh Sung, music of Clara & Robert Schumann
2011
Christoph Eschenbach, Dvorak Piano Quintet 
2012
Ricardo Morales, Brahms Clarinet Quintet
Hai-Ye Ni, Beethoven op. 130
2014
Vivian Barton-Dozor, Schubert Cello Quintet
Pierre Tourville and Hai-Ye Ni Mozart C minor Viola Quintet
2015 
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. 
 ~ www.Musicopia.net ~

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 www.PhilOrch.org) 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. 
www.Liebesfreud.org/calendar.html

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. 

Art Alliance Season Opener - September 23, 2013

In 1994, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation urging all Americans to observe September as Classical Music Month. Intoned Mr. Clinton: “In the symphony halls of our great cities across America, in the community centers of our small towns, on radio and in recordings, a note is played that began centuries ago and resounds to this day. At the heart of classical music is continuity and tradition.”

Please come celebrate "Classical Music Month" with Liebesfreud.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. this Friday, September 27.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square. 
Schubert. 

Admission: Free

2013-14 Season - August 27, 2013

Liebesfreud's 9th season opens in a month with Schubert's last great String Quartet. Open rehearsals - ideal opportunities for the chamber music lover - resume in October. In November we offer homage to Verdi in this 200th anniversary year of his birth. December, of course, brings our annual Beethoven's Birthday concert (2013 is our 11th). 2014 kicks off with a capstone to our 2013 Schubertiade: the universally loved Cello Quintet- and on Schubert's birthday, January 31, at that!  
All programs are on the month's "Last Friday" and at the Art Alliance, except December's, once again at Trinity Center for Urban Life, on December 13th.
Please see the calendar page for details as they become available. 

"Death and the Maiden" - April 30, 2013

n.b.  Next month's "Last Fridays" concert is on the Last Saturday! - May 25th -

The second in Liebesfreud's four concert series of the important works for string quartet highlights the quartet known as "Death and the Maiden".  Arguably the most widely known of his works in the genre, it takes its name from a song of the same name which Schubert wrote several years earlier:

The Maiden:

Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant.
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:

 

Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see,
For I'm a friend, hath ne'er distress'd thee.
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee!"

The song's theme forms the basis for the second movement of the quartet, but there is truly much more here.  Around this famous middle movement Schubert has created a masterpiece which is worthy of hearing- and studying for performance- many times during the course of one's thoughtful musical life.

March 29 Concert - March 1, 2013

Our March "Last Fridays" concert is Friday, March 29, 5:30–6:30 pm at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. This concert begins a survey of the great Schubert string quartets with the A minor String Quartet D. 804, the "Rosamunde" quartet.

If you attended February's open rehearsal, this is the quartet we were working on--and you'll no doubt be eager to hear a complete performance. (By the way, a bit of pop culture trivia: this quartet was used in the 2012 film "The Avengers.")

We will open the program with three of Dvorak's "Cypresses," originally written as love songs for voice and piano, arranged by the composer for string quartet.

February Open Rehearsal - February 1, 2013

This season Liebesfreud is replacing some of our usual ‘Last Fridays’ concerts with open rehearsals. The next of these takes place Friday, February 22 at noon at our usual venue, the Art Alliance.

We will be rehearsing Schubert's glorious Quartet in A Minor, which was supposed to have been part of our January program but fell victim to the snowstorm.

Why would you want to come to a rehearsal? Geoffrey Michaels steps out of character and drops his customary modesty to explain:

We have terrific rehearsals! I’ve been around musicians for more years than I care to count, and I can state unequivocally that Liebesfreud’s way of working on music is characterized by a seriousness and idealism that I have rarely encountered. Of course, we tend to split too many hairs and tell too many anecdotes (as well as some truly terrible jokes), but the desire to make sense of the music, and to make that sense vivid to others, is never corrupted by ego-driven irrelevancies.

We think the process is in itself valuable and interesting, so you might find that an hour at the Art Alliance on Friday would not be a complete waste of time.

Our Eighth Season Kicks Off - January 11, 2013

2012 was a wonderful year for Liebesfreud.
We closed out a survey of the ten "Celebrated" quartets of Mozart, celebrated our 50th "Last Fridays" program and completed our first "Beethoven Cycle".
In the process, regrettably, we ignored (just for the year) two pillars of the quartet literature - a neglect we now begin to rectify with the first concert of our "Last Fridays" series' eighth year. 
Haydn and Schubert: please accept our humblest apologies. 

Music lovers: Please join us January 25th to hear what we've all been missing!
As always, admission is free.
(Please see the 'calendar' page.)

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