July 18, 7:30pm (CST): Iowa, this is Houston, do you copy? (Part 1)
Josef Suk: Quartet Movement in B-flat major (1904)
Serge Taneyev: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 14 (1901)
Our second program features music from the first decades of the 20th century. The reason behind the presentation of works from this period is inspired by the idea of live-streaming and how it is currently transforming our cultural landscape. In 1901, the same year as the featured String Quintet of Sergei Tanayev, the scientific partnership of Guglielmo Marconi and George Kemp sat on top of a hill in Newfoundland, Canada and, with a telephone receiver and a wire antenna that was kept aloof by a kite, successfully heard the first transatlantic radio transmission. The transmission was simple. Only the morse code for the letter “s” repeated over and over. However, over the coming decades radio would completely change the landscape of how we communicate news and, in our case, music. From our perch in Houston the van Haydn Ensemble presents a one-movement string quartet by Josef Suk and the incredible String Quintet No. 1 of Serge Tanayev.
Ingrid Gerling and Emily Madonia, violins
Yvonne Smith, viola. Max Geissler, cello
Hunter Capoccioni, double bass
Tune at at 7:30pm CST for this live-streaming event at A440.live/artists/iowa