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Reading through the SACMS program on November 8 and seeing the photo of the four members of the Zemlinsky Quartet on page 14, I anticipated a pleasing Sunday afternoon of classical music. But wait, the photo of the foursome showed one bearded face and three cleanly-shaven ones, not what I was looking at on the Temple Beth-El stage. Before me stood just the opposite, three beards and one cleanly-shaven (a later explanation was that the photo was taken before the group went on tour two weeks ago.)

Their energy and enthusiasm was palpably transmitted from the stage to the rapt audience.

The program, as anticipated, was powerful and melodious. The four members, playing two violins, one viola and one cello were outstanding in their delivery of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op 12; Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet No. 7, Op. 96; and Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters.” Their energy and enthusiasm was palpably transmitted from the stage to the rapt audience.

And, as if icing were necessary, the group presented the final movement of Dvorak’s “America” Quartet as an encore for the enjoyment of the audience of some 300, who, judging by their spontaneous applause at every chance, were as enthralled as I was with the program.

-DSimon

I’ve never heard anything like the last set of Krenek—almost like a jam session.
– Audience Member

It is always interesting to learn about the instruments of the musicians—the viola was made for Petr Holman in 2013 while the other musicians perform with century old instruments.
– Nancy Shivers

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