Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, the quarterly concert series performed in San Diego Bay, begins Sunday with a virtual show aboard the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley.

The 2021 season opener will be available for viewing through March 7, but organizers hope it will be possible to resume in-person presentations in May.

The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are partners in the series, which explores the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn’s quartet cycle.

Part of the vision for the Haydn Voyages series is for the quartet – which also serves as the quartet-in-residence at San Diego State University – to perform the entire Haydn cycle of 68 works. The scorecard now stands at 31 quartets, closing in on the halfway mark. 

The programming and performances set Haydn’s works alongside those of his peers and composers from the modern era.

Sunday’s show, the virtual “Alone Together” (fans can pay what they wish), opens with Angélica Negrón’s Marejada, a piece written in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be played from separate locations via video. It continues with Haydn’s Opus 20, No. 4 Quartet, paired with Grazyna Bacewicz’s String Quartet no. 4 from 1951.

Programs for the remainder of the season, with shows that begin at 4 p.m. on Sundays, include:

May 16 – “Paths Converge,” set to be in-person aboard the Berkeley, with two Haydn quartets and works by Silvestre Revueltas and Alexandra Vrebalov, along with Kerwin Young’s Peace on the Left, Justice on the Right, written in response to the murder of George Floyd.

September 12 – “Time & Place” includes a world premiere by Joshua Roman and the performance of Yangfan Xu’s winning submission in a Hausmann composition competition, as well as works by St. Georges, Vanhal, Dittersdorf and Mozart, and Haydn’s “Dream” quartet. 

November 21 – “Groove Music” features works by Terry Riley, John Adams and the late jazz giant Chick Corea, along with Haydn and Gregorio Allegri, who composed some of the earliest music written for four-string instruments.

General admission tickets begin at $25, if purchased in advance. Prices rise at the door, but discounts are available for military, student and package purchases.

In addition to the quarterly concerts, the season includes three pop-up shows, in March, June and December, featuring the Hausmann Quartet performing in spaces around the Maritime Museum (details will be announced online and on the site’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts).  

Note: Photo credit – Courtesy of the Hausmann Quartet.

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