Schubert’s Donkey

 February 6 2018 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Come enjoy a magical evening of chamber music at M. Wells Steakhouse, featuring a string quartet led by violinist Amanda Lo, and featuring Étienne Guérin on guitar.

The program, inspired by Robert Bresson’s legendary donkey tale “Au Hasard Balthazar”, begins with Schubert’s stunning “Quartettsatz”, the first movement of an uncompleted string quartet. The Quartettsatz is followed by the Andantino from Schubert’s D. 959 Piano Sonata, which pervades the Bresson film, performed in an arrangement for string quartet. As well, Étienne Guérin will perform excerpts from another moving donkey story, the very Andalusian “Platero y yo” on solo guitar. Finally, all of the musicians will gather in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s flamboyant Quintet for guitar and strings.

Click here for tickets, which are $75 and include two selected beverages as well as light fare of Viennese and Andalusian inspiration, served family-style.

Program:
SCHUBERT Quartettsatz, D. 703
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Platero y Yo (excerpts)
SCHUBERT Andantino, from Piano Sonata D. 959 (arr. J. Drillon)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143

Amanda Lo and Igor Pikayzen, violin
Will Curry, viola
Caleb van der Swaagh, cello
Étienne Guérin, guitar