Updated March 11, 2020: In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) all performances and events scheduled at Benaroya Hall through March 31, 2020 will be canceled or postponed.
While composing his Ninth String Quartet, Shostakovich discarded a whimsical early version based on childhood themes and opted for a more assertive musical narrative. Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, subtitled “Serioso,” foreshadows some of Shostakovich’s trademarks, including dramatic, unexpected harmonic shifts and experimental structures. His Horn Sextet unfolds like a smaller-scale concerto, with virtuosic horn lines supported by the string quartet.