Hausmann Quartet at the Maritime Museum
The Hausmann Quartet at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Courtesy, Hausmann Quartet

The Hausmann Quartet opens the seventh season of the Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime series on Sunday aboard the Berkeley steam ferryboat on San Diego Bay.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historic vessel, an 1898 ferryboat that operated out of San Francisco Bay for 60 years, hosts the quarterly series, which explores the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn’s quartet cycle.

Part of the quartet’s vision to perform the entire Haydn cycle. Their scorecard now stands at 37 quartets, or 54% of the composer’s 68 works.

The four performances, each at 2:30 p.m. on a Sunday, include:

  • Sunday – “Stars Align,” a program featuring two Haydn quartets along with works by Leila Adu-Gilmore and Germaine Taillefaire.
  • May 8 – The “Folk Beats” program features Bela Bartok’s Third String Quartet and Shelley Washington’s “Middleground,” along with two Haydn quartets that include the composer’s characteristic blend of the most fashionable trends of the time and more rustic, folk material.
  • Sept. 18 – The “Blueprint for Four” program places the works of Haydn alongside Beethoven, John Cage and Caroline Shaw.
  • Nov. 6 – The “Nature Sounds” program shines a light on composer Jessica Meyer, who will perform a world-premiere quintet commissioned by Hausmann performers. George Walker’s “Lyric” and Peter Schulthorpe’s Quartet No. 18 will be performed.

The schedule also includes free pop-up shows at the museum set for April 3 and Oct. 2.

Each program includes commentary between selections from noted UC Santa Barbara musicologist Derek Katz.

General admission starts at $30. Masks will be required for all performers and audience members until further notice.

The Hausmann Quartet was founded in 2004 and arrived in San Diego six years later. Members serve as the Fisch/Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence at San Diego State University, teaching and organizing the chamber music program. The group performs throughout North America and Asia.