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Emerson String Quartet

Converging Lines: For over a quarter century, the Emerson String Quartet has led audiences into profound encounters with the composers central to its repertoire. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the renowned ensemble gives us peak examples of four—Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók, and Shostakovich—and flavors the mix with an American twist: music by Charles Ives and doublebass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, who joins the Emerson in a performance of his own "Quintet for String Quartet and Doublebass."

Listen to the performance


  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob. III: 63, "The Lark"
    —I. Allegro moderato
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in e minor, Op. 59, No. 2
    —II. Molto adagio
  • Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 1, "From the Salvation Army" (from a 1990 performance)
    —I. Andante con moto
  • Edgar Meyer: Quintet for string quartet and doublebass (from a 1995 performance)
    —Movement II
  • Bela Bartók: String Quartet No. 4
    —IV. Allegretto pizzicato
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73
    —III. Allegro non troppo


Mixed Company is written by Saint Paul Sunday staff, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the classical music they love.