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Musica Tra Amici Chamber Series Debuts In The Heights

Artistic Director Eric Halen discusses string quartets by Beethoven and Brahms.



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Musica Tra Amici artistic director Eric Halen.
Musica Tra Amici artistic director Eric Halen. Photo by St. John Flynn.

Houston Symphony Associate Concertmaster Eric Halen has begun a new chamber music series in Houston designed to recreate the intimate settings and musical experience of the times when the bulk of classical chamber music was written.

The inaugural Musica Tra Amici (Italian for “Music Between Friends”) recital takes place Monday, September 29th, 7PM, at Gallery M Squared in the Heights. Eric will be joined by three Houston Symphony colleagues: Kiju Joh, violin; Sheldon Person, viola; and Brinton Averil Smith, cello. They will play two string quartets, Beethoven’s Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 “Harp,” and Brahms’ Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1.

Eric Halen talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the new chamber series and its debut performance.

[The musical excerpts heard in this interview feature the Emerson String Quartet performing movements from the Beethoven Op. 74 and the Brahms Op. 51 No. 1 from two separate Deutsche Grammophon recordings: DG 447 075-2 (Beethoven) & DG 431 650-2 (Brahms)]