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Graphic of a moon in front of a green background and a bare tree in the foreground.

Presented by Emerald City Music: South Lake Union’s home for non-traditional, eclectic classical music performances. 

MAR 19 FRI  |  7:00pm PT   Two people are walking through a bare, cold wood; the moon keeps pace with them and draws their gaze. These romantic lines open Richard Dahmel’s poem, “Verklärte Nacht”, from which Schoenberg – a young composer who recently encountered the love of his life Mathilde – drew inspiration for his rich and luscious string sextet. The work is paired with Strauss’s Sextet from his opera, Capriccio; a romantic curtain-raiser that stands alone as a capstone of the string sextet genre. Offered in partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.

Filmed at the DiMenna Center in New York, New York by film director Tristan Cook. Available for viewing on March 19, 2021 through April 22, 2021.

Artists: Arnaud Sussmann (violin), Kristin Lee (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola), Melissa Reardon (viola), Edward Aaron, (cello), Brook Speltz (cello)


  1. STRAUSS (1864–1949) Sextet from Capriccio, op. 85 (1942)
  2. SCHOENBERG (1874–1951) Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), op. 4 (1899)

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