Music Before 1800: Diderot String Quartet

From Russia with Love: String Quartets for Catherine the Great

The Diderot String Quartet’s energetic performers Johanna Novom, Adriane Post, Kyle Miller, and Paul Dwyer find themselves irresistibly drawn to unusual 17th- and 18th-century repertory. They have selected a fresh sounding quartet by Anton Ferdinand Titz, a favorite composer of Catherine the Great, doyenne of the Russian Enlightenment. Their second offering is Haydn’s Quartet in E-flat from his “Russian” quartets, nicknamed the “Joke.”

“Enveloped in the rich sound of period strings, the quartet as performed by Diderot was emotional, riveting and ultimately cathartic. Diderot isn’t the only early-music group trying to revive interest in the genre, but it’s right up there with the best in the field.”—Wall Street Journal

Estimated run time: 60 minutes, no intermission.

The virtual version of the program will premiere at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2021, followed by a live Q&A online, and will remain available on demand until mid-July.

Tickets will go on sale in March 2021

Programs are subject to change.