SAN DIEGO–Maritime Museum of San Diego continues its popular concert series, The Hausmann Quartet performing Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series performed aboard one of the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s ten historic world-class vessels, the 1898 Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay.
Concerts aboard the Berkeley, also a National Historic Landmark docked in downtown San Diego next to Maritime Museum vessel Star of India, explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn’s quartet cycle. The programming and performances by this accomplished young foursome set Haydn’s works alongside those of master composers stretching back to his musical ancestors. As the father of the string quartet and one of history’s most innovative composers, Haydn is an ideal guide to this exploration of some of the most powerful, creative music ever written.
Future concert dates for 2019 are Sundays, September 15 and November 10 at 4:00 p.m., and refreshments will be available at the upper deck bar starting at 3:30 p.m. Each creative program includes informative and entertaining commentary during the performance from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.
The consistently creative and adventurous programs presented in the series combined with the idyllic views and sounds of the harbor make Haydn Voyages one of San Diego’s best-loved young cultural institutions. The fourth season will take audiences on a series of wonderful journeys, with programs that encompass a vast range of themes, sounds, cultures and emotions.
The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum are delighted to welcome back KPBS as the exclusive media sponsor of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime. Museum Director of Development Kelli Lewis enunciated the uniqueness of the experience, “For the last three years The Hausmann Quartet has created an exquisite mix of music and education for our visitors looking for a new cultural experience surrounded by maritime history and vessels from 500 years of seafaring history from sail to steam to submarine.”
September 15 (KPBS night) – Loss and Renewal
This concert spans the full range of our human experience: impending death and unspeakable tragedy of losing a child, contrasted with the sense of hope and renewal that comes with the birth of another child, and an unexpected recovery after a long illness. Beethoven’s opus 132 Quartet is one of his final masterpieces; a world premiere by Ryan Carter and Haydn’s majestic opus 17/1 Quartet complete this emotionally potent evening.
November 10 – Frog and Hair
Mischief and wry humor abound in 2019’s final concert, featuring quirky miniatures by Andrew Norman and Igor Stravinsky to go along with two of Haydn’s best-loved works, his so-called “Frog” and “Lark” Quartets. Audiences will enjoy some clever musical jokes, winks and nods to go along with the beautiful sunset seen aboard the Berkeley as the fourth season closes.
Tickets are $25 for general public admission, $20 for Maritime Museum of San Diego members, $10 for students and military. VIP reserved seating is also available at $50. Maritime Museum general admission plus concert combo ticket packages are $40. Tickets also include 50% off a next visit to the Museum. For tickets and information visitors should go to sdmaritime.org.