The internationally acclaimed Shanghai Quartet makes its annual Freer|Sackler appearance with two firsts: Beethoven’s first string quartet (op. 18, no. 1) and a new version of Grammy Award winner Tan Dun’s first quartet, Feng Ya Song. Tan first received worldwide recognition in 1983 when this work won Germany’s Weber Prize, making him the first Chinese composer to win an international award since the Communist revolution of 1949. He has now revised the piece to honor the Shanghai Quartet’s thirty-fifth anniversary. Completing the program is Dvorak’s ebullient Quartet in E-flat, op. 51.
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