The group is the Arianna String Quartet, they’re based in St. Louis, and they have lineage. Each member is a graduate of a major conservatory, they’ve won prizes, played big festivals and released several CDs. And they’re very good with the classics, including Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 7, which they’re playing Sunday.
The Arianna Quartet is also touring with Ross Bauer’s String Quartet No. 3. Violinist John McGrosso said they picked it because it’s a new work that has a lot to say.
“Ross Bauer’s Quartet is rich, varied, extremely lyrical, very intense and exciting.”
Next month, Bauer comes in for national recognition in the form of an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a venerable organization founded in 1904, with Mark Twain as a charter member.
You’ve got two chances to hear the Arianna Quartet at UC Davis. There’s free one-hour concert on Thursday at noon in the Music Building. And there’s a full-length concert Sunday evening at the Mondavi Center.