Maritime Museum of San DiegoSan Diego, CA, United States Maritime Museum of San DiegoSan Diego, CA, United States

Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime

By Hausmann Quartet (other events)

28 Dates Through Nov 06, 2022

Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime

The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are excited to partner to present the seventh  season of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Museum’s ten historic world-class vessels, the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.

Concerts aboard the Berkeley, also a National Historic Landmark docked in downtown San Diego next to Star of India, explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn's quartet cycle. Part of the vision for the Haydn Voyages series is for the Hausmann Quartet to perform the entire Haydn cycle of 68 works. Their scorecard at the start of the 2021 season stands at 37 quartets, or 54%.

The programming and performances by this accomplished young foursome set his works alongside those of master composers from our own era and stretching back to Haydn’s musical ancestors. As the father of the string quartet and one of history's most innovative composers, Haydn is an ideal guide to this exploration of some of the most powerful, creative music ever written.

All concerts are Sundays at 2:30 pm. Each creative program will include informative and entertaining commentary between selections from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.

February 6 - Stars Align 

The season opens with a dramatic and optimistic afternoon of two of Haydn’s more joyous quartets (opus 33/6 and 77/1) alongside works by two women with strikingly original musical voices: Leila Adu-Gilmore’s if the stars align…  (a composer whose own star is rising fast) and French Romantic (and member of Les Six) Germaine Tailleferre’s Quartet from 1919. Join the Hausmann Quartet for a celebratory opening to 2022’s concert season.

May 8 - Folk Beats

Two works that explore the folk music of their native lands in extraordinary ways anchor this concert: Bela Bartok’s Third String Quartet (1927) is his shortest, yet packs incredible power and variety in its use of raucous dance rhythms and haunting melodies. The afternoon’s two Haydn quartets (opus 17/6 and 64/6) both feature creative use of popular idioms and tunes, with Haydn’s characteristic blend of the most fashionable trends of the time and more rustic, everyday folk material. Shelley Washington’s Middleground (from 2016) is a celebration and reminiscence of places and feelings from the composer’s upbringing, “the space grounded, the between, the center[…]Home of the heart, heart of the home.”

September 18 - Blueprint for Four

Four compositional giants meet on this concert program: Haydn, Beethoven, John Cage and Caroline Shaw. The dialogue among them is sometimes direct, and at other times less obvious, but Caroline Shaw sums it up best in her program note to her 2016 work, Blueprint: 

“Chamber music is ultimately about conversation without words. We talk to each other with our dynamics and articulations, and we try to give voice to the composers whose music has inspired us to gather in the same room and play music. Blueprint is also a conversation — with Beethoven, with Haydn (his teacher and the "father" of the string quartet), and with the joys and malinconia of his Op. 18 No. 6.”

November 6 - Nature Sounds

A world premiere quintet by Jessica Meyer (commissioned for the Hausmann Quartet and featuring the composer performing on viola) is the centerpiece of this program, which explores our relationship to the natural world and the alarming changes it is undergoing. George Walker’s tender, evocative Lyric and Haydn’s sunny opus 20/2 quartet are matched with Peter Schulthorpe’s hauntingly beautiful Quartet #18, his “heartfelt expression of my concern about climate change, about the future of our fragile planet.”

Haydn Voyages is generously underwritten by pH Projects, with additional support from the City of San Diego's Commission for Arts and Culture and County of San Diego's Community Enhancement Program.