On Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m., The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis will present the final “Sheldon Classics” performance of the 2021-22 season. Violinist and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra assistant concertmaster Erin Schreiber will lead a string quartet featuring fellow Symphony members violinist Shawn Weil, violist Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, and cellist Bjorn Ranheim.
The quartet will play Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and a new work for string quartet by Mizzou composer María Laura Disandro, Burning Matchstick House (2022). The quartet will be joined by pianist Peter Henderson for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet. Schreiber will also play Cesar Frank’s Andantino Quietoso.
Disandro’s composition is part of an ongoing initiative supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) to introduce new and emerging composers from Mizzou to St. Louis/Sheldon audiences. Performed variously by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mizzou faculty, or fellow students, these commissions are intended to offer emerging composers the opportunity to premiere their works in a professional setting and offer audiences the chance to experience adventurous new music.
Born in Argentina, María Laura Disandro has a degree in musical composition from the National University of Córdoba, as well as a Master’s Degree in Musical Heritage from the University of Granada, the University of Oviedo, and the International University of Andalucía, in Granada, Spain. Disandro is pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at Mizzou.
Tickets are $30 orchestra / $25 balcony 1 / $15 balcony 2 / $10 students & teachers, and are on sale through MetroTix at 314-534-1111, through The Sheldon’s website, or in person at The Fox Theatre Box Office, 534 N. Grand Blvd.
You can hear selections from previous commissions premiered at the Sheldon Concert Hall below: