Last Sunday afternoon, Bay Area violinist Gil Shaham performed an all-Bach program in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The pieces he played--“Partitas No. 2 in D minor,” “No. 3 in E major” and “Sonata No. 3 in C major"--were ones he's been playing for over 30 years, which explains the blistering speed at which he performed several of the movements.
Last Sunday, Stanford's quartet-in-residence, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, put on yet another thrilling Sundays with the St. Lawrence performance of Beethoven's string trio in Eb; Schubert's enormous string quintet in C, his last instrumental work and only string quartet; and Osvaldo Golijov's "Yiddishbbuk" for nearly 700 people in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
This most recent Friday, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, primarily known at Stanford for its quarterly "Sundays with the St. Lawrence" concerts and whose members teach in the Music Department, performed Joseph Haydn's composition "The Seven Last Words of Christ" in Memorial Church.
Though the audience was mostly geriatric, at the end of the two hours there was no languor in the audience's leaping to its feet for a thundering ovation. It seems that Stanford unequivocally thinks the more string quartet concerts, the better!