St. Lawrence Quartet Breathes New Life Into Beethoven in Indianapolis

On Wednesday, November 18, new life will be breathed into Ludwig van at the Basile Theater inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Canada’s St. Lawrence String Quartet, an internationally acclaimed chamber orchestra, will be coming to Indianapolis to perform Beethoven’s Quartet in C Sharp Minor; however, when the St. Lawrence Quartet is playing, it’s far from the standard interpretation.

Video of a conference by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. They group will be playing in Indianapolis.


“Remember that the only reason you’re there is to make people cry and sweat and shiver and give them that incredible sense of creation happening before your eyes,” founding member Geoff Nutall has said, “That’s the reason we play.  Otherwise, there’s no point.” The St. Lawrence String Quartet has always been about engaging its listeners and teaching them something new about the piece they’re hearing, and tomorrow’s concert will be no exception.

Video of a performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, who will be in Indianapolis


It’s no surprise that this Indianapolis event is being produced by the Ensemble Music Society. One of this Indianapolis musical organization‘s main goals is turning people on to the wonders of classical music, primarily people who ordinarily wouldn’t want to attend such an event. This is evident in their commitment to community outreach; the Ensemble Music Society often arranges lectures and demonstrations at Indianapolis schools.

Video of the St. Lawrence Quartet performing Haydn; they’ll perform in Indianapolis on Wednesday


Their sponsorship of the St. Lawrence String Quartet is no different. Like other events in their International Chamber Series, the Ensemble Music Society will be kicking off tomorrow’s concert with a pre-concert lecture by Lisa Brooks, a Ph.D. from Butler University. These lectures always give the audience deeper insight into the history, complexities, and themes of any given piece being performed.

In addition to the Beethoven piece, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will also be performing a composition written expressly for them by composer John Adams. One of the goals of the St. Lawrence String Quartet is to constantly push the boundaries of what can be done with classical music. The quartet routinely includes new or revised pieces in their performances, showing that classical music is far from stale.

So for an example of one of the finest and most enriching events that Indianapolis music has to offer, go to the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater tomorrow, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. to see the St. Lawrence String Quartet for yourself. Indianapolis children under 18 get in free, regular tickets are $30 each, student tickets are $10, and parking is free, so you have no excuse not to cry, sweat, and shiver with the St. Lawrence String Quartet!

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202