The inspiration for this incredible Tesla Quartet program came from Caroline Shaw’s description of her quartet, Valencia, which she describes as “literally about how awesome it is to eat an orange. Saturated color and flavor.” Likewise, her two other quartets, Punctum and Entr’acte, create innovative, colorful textures through unconventional techniques. As the father of the string quartet genre, Haydn saturated the repertoire with 68 works, and his influence can still be found to this day. Rounding out the program is Ravel’s magical String Quartet in F major. Ever the consummate colorist, Ravel creates a new aural landscape with a palette of rich harmonies and sensuous melodies.


Works to be performed on the “Saturation and Sensation” program include:

Haydn, String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Caroline Shaw, Punctum
Shaw, Entr’acte {a minuet & trio}
Ravel, String Quartet in F major