Concert Program VI

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

2021 Festival

Concert Program VI

This summer’s sixth concert program offers two of the chamber music literature’s most emotionally powerful statements. Brahms composed his Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60, in the throes of romantic despair. “You may place a picture on the title page, namely a head – with a pistol in front of it,” he wrote to his publisher. “This will give you some idea of the music.” A similar pathos permeates Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, completed in 1940 and critically hailed as “a portrait of our age – the rich-toned, perfect voice of the present.”

All concert programs are performed at 4:00 p.m. in the Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo School, and at 6:00 p.m. outdoors in the Middle School Courtyard of Menlo School. You can also watch via livestream – log in to your account on Music@Menlo’s website to watch here.


Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)
Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60 (1875)
Dmitry Shostakovich(1906–1975)
Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57 (1940)
Wednesday 7Aug 2024