HAYDN String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5
SHAW Punctum; Entr'acte {a minuet & trio}; Valencia
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

The inspiration for this 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 in modern times. 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.