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The Calidore Quartet Premieres Hannah Lash's String Quartet No. 1 on the Shriver Hall Concert Series

May. 01, 2021

On May 2, the Calidore Quartet performed the world streaming premiere of Hannah Lash's String Quartet No. 1 on the Shriver Hall Concert Series. The composer notes:

“In four movements, this piece seeks to place itself within the context of large string quartets, while simultaneously breaking from the genre altogether in the third movement. There is a song in the third movement, sung by the cellist. Suddenly lyrics come into play: language within an otherwise wordless context. It arrives in the final portion of this expansive movement, presented in the simplest possible manner with sparse accompaniment and a featured vocal line, appearing suddenly—something of a pop song—rupturing the surrounding music, and then disappearing as quickly as it appeared as the fourth movement begins. The four-movement form plays with the idea of thematic interconnectedness, though each movement presents its own unique character within the whole. Certain motivic mutations become obsessions. To me, building the piece felt akin to building a symphony. The ambition of the form, however, aims not at technical bravura, but at deep, sometimes wrenching expressivity—a song at the heart of the entire piece.”

The performance can be streamed on demand through May 9. Click here to puchase a ticket to view the performance.

Listen to Hannah Lash's Eating Flowers (2015):

(Eating Flowers/Hannah Lash/La Jolla Symphony/Sameer Patel, conductor)

To learn more about Hannah Lash, visit:

Hannah Lash
String Quartet No. 1 (2020)
Hannah Lash's String Quartet No. 1 is commissioned for the Calidore Quartet by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Chamber Music Series, by the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and by the Fonds Kleine Zaal of the Royal Concertgebouw, a fund which is managed by Het Concertgebouw Fonds.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is the lead commissioner and co-presenter of Hannah Lash's String Quartet No. 1 and will present the live performance world premiere in February 2022.