Free Concert: High Street Four May 18 at Columbus Museum of Art

The High Street Four

The High Street Four

Nonprofit recital series Sunday at Central will present a concert by The High Street Four string quartet on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. in Columbus Museum of Art’s Cardinal Health Auditorium. Admission is free and guests will have free access to galleries in CMA’s permanent collection.

As part of this “Ultimate String Quartets” program, The High Street Four will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15, Op. 18 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven and the premiere of the string quartet version of Ari Arang by Denison University composer Hye Kyung Lee.

Mozart dedicated his 15th string quartet, which was part of a set of six quartets, to his mentor Franz Joseph Haydn. It runs a deep spectrum of human emotions, from sorrow to bliss. Beethoven’s Op. 18 quartets were also part of a set of six and were completed during his early years in 1800, recently after Mozart’s death. They prove his immediate mastery of classical music composition. Hye Kyung Lee wrote Ari Arang for the Avion Saxophone Quartet at Wright State University. It premiered at the World Saxophone Congress XVI in Scotland in July of 2012. Lee later arranged it for The High Street Four. The title comes from Arirang, an ancient Korean folk song that’s considered the country’s unofficial national anthem. It embodies the beauty and suppressed sadness of Korea’s history.

Columbus Museum of Art is located at 480 East Broad Street and parking is free. To learn more, visit

About The High Street Four
The High Street Four was founded in 1996 and features violinists David Niwa and Ariane Sletner, violist Kenichiro Matsuda, and cellist Luis Biava. Driven by a strong desire to balance contemporary music with a traditional repertoire, the string quartet performs throughout Central Ohio and has played U.S. and world premieres of works by such composers as Michael Daugherty, Donald Erb, Ching-chu Hu, Hye Kyung Lee, Krysztof Penderecki and Gunther Schuller. They have performed the complete Beethoven and Brahms cycles, as well as quartets by Bartok, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Puccini, Shostakovich and Webern. The High Street Four is frequently featured on WOSU Radio’s MIMO (Music in Mid-Ohio) broadcasts.

About Sunday at Central
Sunday at Central is a nonprofit chamber music recital series that was founded in 1994. It offers intimate, personalized traditional chamber music concerts with internationally recognized professional musicians. Sunday at Central is funded in part by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council.

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