If you want to see the breadth and depth of Beethoven's development musically, then his string quartets are as good a musical road map as they come.
And luckily, for local audiences, the Alexander String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Mondavi, is in the throes of a multi-year exploration and survey of Beethoven's string quartets.
In June the ASQ will offer the third installment of the series featuring two Opus 18 quartets: No. 4 in C Minor and No. 6 in B-flat Major. And if the ASQ's past interpretations of Beethoven's quartets are an indication - this one should be a musically stellar affair.
As has been the norm when the ASQ performs, the afternoon performance includes in-concert commentary from renowned educator and composer Robert Greenberg. The evening concert includes a Post-performance Q&A with members of the quartet.
For understanding the context and the musical implications of Beethoven's innovative quartet's there's no better ticket than this one. Note: This event sells out quickly given the limited seating inside Mondavi's Studio Theater.
When: Sun., June 7, 2 & 7 p.m.
Where: Mondavi Center, Studio Theatre, UC Davis, Davis
Tickets: $40 regular; $20 students, children
Information: 530-754-2787, 866-754-2787 (toll-free), or MondaviArts.org