The Chamber Music Society in association with the Goethe Institute Colombo, are pleased to present “String Quartets at the Goethe” on October 2, 2016 at 7pm. This evening of chamber music at the Goethe’s main hall, will open the much anticipated 2016/17 season. The performers from the CMSC, will include the artistic director, Lakshman Joseph de Saram, with Sulara Nanayakkara, violins; Othman H. Majid; viola and Saranga A. Cooray, cello.
The string quartet configuration since the days of Haydn has been the form in which most major composers delivered their most profound musical creations, and indeed imbued with their purest inner being. The evening’s repertoire will include Tartini’s disciple Pietro Nardini’s fifth and sixth quartets, the Swiss composer Ernest Bloch’s serene "Night" for string quartet and Mozart’s youthful String Quartet no. 4, K. 157. The last two pieces are very rarely heard works – both of the legendary Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff’s unfinished string quartets from late in the 19th century. The CMSC looks forward to a mutually rewarding musical journey with its loyal listener base.