The St. Lawrence String Quartet has been in residence at Stanford University for more than 15 years, and since early on, they’ve hosted an annual Chamber Music Seminar for amateurs and up-and-coming professionals. It runs through Sunday for the 93 participants this year, but violinist Geoff Nuttall says members of the general public are also invited to their series of free concerts. There’s one remaining faculty program on Friday at 12:15 at the Bing Concert Hall, and some of the students will be presenting a concert Saturday at 2:30.
There’s more information at the Stanford Live website.
“What we’re trying to teach both amateurs and young up-and-coming professionals is that music should be accessible to all, and you need to play in that kind of way,” Nuttall says. “So having free concerts is important for us, having the community be involved, and then just sort of showcasing in a fun, easy-going lighthearted sort of way at noon hour, the faculty that are here from around the world.” The faculty members in tomorrow’s concert are (in addition to the St. Lawrence Quartet) violinist Daniel Phillips, cellists Michael Kannen and Alasdair Tait, and pianist Pedja Muzijevic. They’ll play a Boccherini Quintet and a Mendelssohn piano trio. The students will be joining the general public in the audience tomorrow. “We have 93 participants in our extravaganza that we call our Seminar, the plants, so to speak, our participants who will be playing in their own concert on the weekend, in various ways, and then just local people that want to hear a little music at lunch. Hopefully some of the Stanford community will come and take a break, hear some music, it’s a nice, it’s a nice mix.”