Del Sol String Quartet

Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium
10 First St SE
Washington, DC 20004

Frederic Rzewski, piano
Jennifer Koh, violin
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Del Sol String Quartet

An all-star group of musicians will come together to perform chamber music by a trio of remarkable American composers. Composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski will open the concert with a selection of recently composed pieces for solo piano. The premiere of his new Library commission for violin and piano will follow in the capable hands of Jennifer Koh and Benjamin Hochman. The second half of the concert features the Del Sol String Quartet playing music by two composers they have championed. We will hear the first quartet of the self-styled “bad boy” of music, George Antheil, and close with a foray into the soundscapes of Ben Johnston’s tenth string quartet.


Continuing the vital practice of commissioning music from today’s composers, and in celebration of the anniversary seasons of both institutions, the Library of Congress and The Phillips Collection have joined forces and commissioned new works for violin and piano from prominent American composer Frederic Rzewski. The commissions will premiere on back-to-back days.

Part one—Rzewski at the Library of Congress: Saturday, April 30, 8pm

Part two—Rzewski at The Phillips Collection: Sunday, May 1, 4pm


Pre-Concert Conversation
with Frederic Rzewski
6:30 pm–Whittall Pavilion




DREAMS, Part I (nos. 1-4, 2013)

1. Dream
2. Cabrioles
3. A Mensch
4. Illusions Perdues

Frederic Rzewski, piano
New Work (World Premiere)

Commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress

Jennifer Koh, violin and Benjamin Hochman, piano


String Quartet no. 1


String Quartet no. 10

Del Sol String Quartet


Additional Ticketing Information
Reserved seats not claimed by five minutes before the scheduled start of the event will be distributed to RUSH! patrons. For more information about RUSH! visit

For patrons unable to obtain a reservation, we still encourage attendance—while there is no guarantee of seating due to the intimate size of some spaces, patrons are almost always able to be accommodated.

Children must be at least 7 years old for admittance to concert events.

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