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Quartets in the Sky

  • Spear Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Kindly hosted by Jerome and Thao Dodson including an after-concert dinner.

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat (1823)
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64 No. 2 in B minor

performed by

Karsten Windt, Violin & narration | Yuna Lee, Violin |

David Kim, Viola | Angela Lee, Cello

Karsten Windt
Yuna Lee
Angela Lee
David Kim

Those attending the opening concert of the 2012/13 season of SALON CLASSIQUE will see stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Jerry and Thao Dodson generously open the doors of their penthouse for this very special event in the sky, just a few blocks from the Ferry Building. You are invited to hear two great string quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn, while the Bay shines in the warm light of a late summer sunset. The concert will be followed by dinner kindly provided by the hosts.

About the program:
The first piece will be the rarely performed String Quartet in E flat written in 1823 by the young Felix Mendelssohn. This charming and fully mature string quartet had remained unpublished for a long time. Much like Mendelssohn's twelve early string symphonies, it does not appear in his official work catalogue. A late masterpiece by Joseph Haydn follows, one of the so called "Tost Quartets", Op. 64 No. 2 in B minor, giving the "Father of the String Quartet" the position in the program that he deserves, for being the inventor of the genre and the model for every string quartet composer ever since.

About the artists:
Angela Lee, cellist of The Lee Trio, David Kim from the San Francisco Symphony, and founding director Karsten Windt, violin, have been performing together in many concerts of SALON CLASSIQUE. For this quartet evening they are joined by violinist Yuna Lee, a former member of the Phaedros Quartet.

About the series:
SALON CLASSIQUE, an affiliate of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, is a concert series that brings masterworks of chamber music from the concert hall back to its original setting: the intimate environment of a private venue. We provide informative introductions to the music as part of the program.

About the hosts:
Jerome Dodson is president of Parnassus Investments and a true music-lover. He and his wife, Thao, can often be seen in the audience at the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. Jerry was also president of the board of Forest Hill Musical Days. In their former home in Forest Hill, the Dodsons were the first to host a concert of SALON CLASSIQUE in 2010.

Admission $100. Music starts at 6:15pm. The concert will be followed by dinner. Book early to secure your seat. Please RSVP by August 26th.
Advance payment by credit card or check is required: visit

Earlier Event: August 19
Trios by the Pool
Later Event: March 3
Russian Tea in Noe Valley