Off the Hill Concert: Beethoven and Brahms

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  • Suggested donation $25 ($5 students)
  • Donations accepted at the door
  • All proceeds support WWU Music Department scholarships


WWU music faculty members Grant Donnellan (violin), Eric Kean (viola) and Jeffrey Gilliam (piano) will be joined by visiting guests artists Hal Grossman (violin) and Meredith Blecha-Wells (cello) to present chamber music of Beethoven and Brahms.  The program will begin with Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 74, "The Harp," which was named for the characteristic pizzicato that alternates between string players in the first movement of the work. The second half of the program showcases Brahms’ Piano Quartet, No.1 in G minor, Op. 25.  Brahms’ work features the celebrated ‘gypsy finale,’ inspired by Hungarian Gypsy music. Here, Brahms uses strumming effects that recall the cimbalom, a contemporary plucked instrument, popular in bands that played music from eastern Europe.




Beethoven String Quartet Op. 74, "The Harp"

I. Poco adagio -- Allegro

II. Adagio ma non troppo

III. Presto

IV. Allegretto con Variazioni

  • Hal Grossman, Violin I
  • Grant Donnellan, Violin II
  • Eric Kean, Viola 
  • Meredith Blecha-Wells, Cello




Brahms Piano Quartet, No.1 in G minor, Op. 25

I. Allegro 

II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato

III. Andante con moto 

IV. Rondo all Zingarese: Presto

  • Hal Grossman, Violin
  • Eric Kean, Viola 
  • Meredith Blecha-Wells, Cello
  • Jeffrey Gilliam, Piano


About the Off the Hill Concert Series

OFF THE HILL is a virtuoso chamber music series that features WWU's award-winning music faculty and guests. Join us for 5 extraordinary concerts this season. All proceeds support Music Department scholarships.

Disability Accommodations

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There are no ushering opportunities for this event.

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