Sensational Strings (Hayfield House)


NEPACMS is thrilled to present its most ambitious program yet, pairing the sublime Brahms Second Sextet, a masterpiece exuding elegance and rich lyricism, with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, a bright and vigorous composition for string sextet, reminiscent of his renowned ballets. Over several years, Tchaikovsky painstakingly sketched, worked on, and reworked Souvenir de Florence, and expressed that composing for a string sextet is “terribly difficult…it seems that rather than writing for six voices, I am, in essence, composing for the orchestra, and only then arranging it for six string instruments.” Indeed, these magnificent string sextets will fill the venue with resonances like an orchestra!

THURSDAY, January 11, 2024 at 7PM – Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive, Dallas, PA

(No senior/student discount. Seating is limited, tickets available ONLINE ONLY.)


Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op.70


John Vaida, violin

Ambroise Aubrun, violin

Amy Iwazumi, viola

Kristina Giles, viola

Erin Ellis, cello

Lisa Caravan, cello

Co-sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Arts at Hayfield, and Back Mountain Chamber

This concert is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Sordoni Family Foundation