The Senior Times – Beethoven's string quartets

Beethoven’s string quartets — all 16 — brought to life at Chamberfest in May and June

Lovely and brilliant, varied, and innovative pieces for smaller ensembles by Ludwig van Beethoven are the focus of this year’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

Curated by cellist Dennis Brott, the festival begins in May and features huge musical talents who can be expected to demonstrate why “genius” and Beethoven have become synonymous.

There also are two jazz concerts planned, two performances by the Israeli Chamber Project, two chances to hear the piano virtuoso Jan Lisiecki, and Celtic music with fiddler Natalie MacMaster.

The highlight is the performance of all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets in six concerts by the American Dover Quartet, considered the younger ensemble in the chamber music circuit and recent winners of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant – a top prize in classical music.

To kick things off, the opening concert on May 6…

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