Join UMSL’s internationally acclaimed Arianna String Quartet for “First Mondays with the ASQ”, virtually this season. This one-of-a kind interdisciplinary concert series offers audience members a rare behind the scenes look into the craft and artistry of the string quartet, and an opportunity for informal, direct discussion and interaction with UMSL’s renowned Arianna String Quartet, as they examine the dynamic process of interpretation, live performance, and connections between classical music and our world.
Ticket sales benefit UMSL String Scholarships and the KWMU Classical Music Endowment.
Keep an eye on this page for more information on upcoming performances.
Monday, October 4, 2021
The Power of the Pulse with Matthew Henry
The ASQ celebrates the start of the 2021-22 “First Mondays” series with a dynamic discussion and collaboration with the University of Missouri - St. Louis world music percussionist and scholar, Matthew Henry. With a look at elements of cultural confluence in the art of music performance, the ASQ and Professor Henry will lead audience members through a visceral experience of the power of rhythm in music, and illuminate how the pulse of live performance influences our sense of time, space, and motion.
Monday, November 1, 2021
The Revolution of Sound and Style: The Art of Engaging the Imagination, with author Curtis Sittenfeld
The Arianna String Quartet welcomes bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld for an engaging evening of discussion and insight focused on the challenges of creating dynamic characters, dramatic interplay, and lasting structures of expression that breathe vivid color and dimension into words and music. Don’t miss this opportunity to peer behind the curtain, and to hear the story behind the story!
Monday, December 6, 2021
Conjuring Character, Story and Drama: An Evening with Prokofiev, Debussy and Dvorak
Join the Arianna Quartet as they perform and discuss the revolutionary work of Dvorak, Debussy, and Prokofiev, three mavericks of style, whose innovation in sound, structure and expression, sparked the boundless creativity of the 20th century. Peer inside the music with the ASQ as they share insights into the ongoing impact and story of these three unique sound worlds.
Monday, March 7, 2022
Schubert the Great! An Evening with Franz Schubert
Join the Arianna String Quartet for an evening of interactive performance, insight and discussion featuring Franz Schubert’s mighty Quartet in D Minor, D.810 “Death and the Maiden”, a masterpiece of incomparable drama, scope and beauty. The ASQ will take you on a guided tour inside the great D Minor Quartet, revealing Schubert’s distinctive approach to soaring lyricism and seemingly unlimited expression, and the challenges faced by the performers. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the transformative power of the music of Franz Schubert with the Arianna String Quartet!
Monday, April 4, 2022Event Postponed
New Frontiers An evening with award winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank
Have you ever wondered what great string quartet playing and great brewing have in common? In an evening devoted to the “Art of the Brew”, Schlafly Founding Brewer Stephen Hale, and Lead Brewer Jared Williamson, once again join the Arianna String Quartet for what has become an annual event, featuring entertaining and memorable discussion focused on craft, process, working tradition, and the history of two of St. Louis’ small batch specialties - Schlafly beer and the ASQ.
Don’t miss this unique evening, featuring six of Schlafly’s celebrated beers, each paired with a dazzling piece of music performed live by the ASQ.
Monday, May 2, 2022
Art of the Brew!
The Arianna Quartet is thrilled to welcome acclaimed American composer, Gabriela Lena Frank, to “First Mondays with the ASQ”! Join the ASQ for an evening of engaging conversation and a live performance of Frank’s brilliant string quartet, “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout.” Recognized as one of America’s most sought-after composers, Frank is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was a recent recipient of the prestigious 25th anniversary Heinz Award, recognizing Frank for breaking gender, disability, and cultural barriers in the classical music industry, and for her work as an activist on behalf of emerging composers of all demographics and aesthetics. Frank will join us virtually from Philadelphia. We invite you to join the ASQ as they spend an evening with the music and work of Gabriela Lena Frank!
All performances are on the first Mondays of the month at 7 p.m.
STLPR Community Room
3651 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
General Admission: $10
UMSL Faculty and Students: $5