Founded in 1946 and acknowledged as the quintessential American quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet first appeared at Ravinia in 1976 and has since become a festival favorite. Their program showcases two masters of Romanticism: Mendelssohn composed his Quartet No. 3, with its delicate classical symmetry, during the period of an idyllic honeymoon with his wife Cècile along the Rhine. Schumann composed his Op. 41 Quartets, reflecting both his unique Romantic sensibility and his study of Baroque and Classical music, after his joyful reunion with his beloved wife Clara following a stressful separation. Apparently behind many a masterwork stands the composer’s wife—and muse!
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Davidovsky: Quartet No. 5
Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1