Morrison Artists Series: Thalea String Quartet

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
Photo of Thalea String Quartet holding string instruments and standing in front of a barn
The Thalea String Quartet is dedicated to bringing timeless music to audiences from all walks of life. From living rooms to concert stages around the world, the Thalea String Quartet aims to connect with audiences on a musical, emotional and personal level, from first time listeners to string quartet aficionados. Reading of works by student composers: November 28, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Room 348. Pre-concert talk: 2 p.m. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance.” — Calgary Herald

Thalea String Quartet

  • Christopher Whitley, violin
  • Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
  • Luis Bellorín, viola
  • Titilayo Ayangade, cello

The Thalea String Quartet is devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for its “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The quartet has performed recitals in Italy, France, the United States and Canada and was appointed as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s first quartet-in-residence from 2015 to 2017. named the Thalea as one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know,” and it won the 2016 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award from the Berkeley Piano Club. The quartet made its debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in early 2016.


  • Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809): String Quartet Op. 20, No. 3 in G Minor
  • Vincent Calianno (1979 – ): A History of the String Quartet in its Natural Habitat (for string quartet and pre-recorded electronics)*
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975): String Quartet No. 3 in F Major

*World premiere


Photo by Titilayo Ayangade