Presidio Sessions: HOME
Circadian String Quartet presents “Home,” a concert of music which delves into three different ways we can experience “Home.” Coming home, paying tribute to home, or watching with alarm as our homeland erupts in strife and division. These are some of the themes we explore in string quartets by Antonin Dvorak, Sahba Aminikia and Philip Glass. Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major Op.51 is a lush and loving tribute to his homeland. Nicknamed the “Slavonic” Quartet, it soars full of pastoral beauty and is infused with characteristic rhythms and dances from Dvorak’s homeland including a soulful Dumka which forms the heart of the piece. Sahba Aminikia’s One Day Tehran describes a heart wrenching homecoming for him in Iran during the mass protests against the 2009 election results and the painful and brutal authoritarian crackdown which followed. Full of anguish and violence, this is a powerful lament for his homeland and ends in a traditional and poignant Persian lullabye. In Philip Glass’s String Quartet No.5, home is an emotional state respresented by the nostalgic quality of the opening music, which serves as a jumping off point for the ensuing journey. The bittersweet homecoming at the end is all the more satisfying for the miles that came before. Join the Circadian String Quartet at the Presidio Sessions, March 3rd, 6:00pm and experience a profound sense of "Home."