with the ASQ


In advance: $10

Students: $5

$12 at the door

UMSL Faculty and Students FREE




Ticket sales benefit UMSL String Scholarships and the

KWMU Classical Music Endowment

Presented in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri, St. Louis at the fabulous new state-of-the-art UMSL at Grand Center building.

Streaming Live on Zoom!   8PM


Join UMSL’s internationally acclaimed Arianna String Quartet as they restart “First Mondays with the ASQ”, at UMSL Grand Center!  This one-of-a kind interdisciplinary concert series offers audience members a rare behind the scenes look into the craft and artistry of the string quartet, and an opportunity for informal, direct discussion and interaction with the members of the Arianna String Quartet, as they examine the dynamic process of interpretation, live performance, and connections between classical music and our world.


For Zoom registration, please visit:


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Monday, May 3, 8PM

“Art of the Brew!”

Arianna String Quartet with

Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer

Jared Williamson, Lead Brewer

Have you ever wondered what great string quartet playing and great brewing have in common?  In an evening devoted to the “Art of the Brew”, Schlafly Founding Brewer Stephen Hale, and Lead Brewer Jared Williamson, join the Arianna String Quartet for what is sure to be an entertaining and memorable discussion focusing on craft, process, working tradition, and the history of two of St. Louis’ small batch specialties - Schlafly beer and the ASQ.


Don’t miss this unique evening, featuring six of Schlafly’s celebrated beers, each paired with a dazzling piece of music performed live by the ASQ.


Enhance your listening and viewing experience by purchasing a specially assembled “Art of the Brew” Schlafly six-pack, available for purchase and pickup at the Schlafly Tap Room!  Featured beers will include Schlafly’s Park Lager, Tropical Saison, Summer Lager, Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout,
and APA.


Celebrate spring in St. Louis with the Arianna Quartet
and Schlafly Brewery, Monday, May 3, at 8 PM.


Register for your Zoom pass by visiting



Monday, October 1, 2018

“The Business of Beethoven”


The ASQ welcomes celebrated business professor and scholar Dr. Joseph Rottman, director of UMSL’s prestigious International Business Institute, for an evening devoted to exploration of the string quartet and the music of Beethoven as a high functioning business partnership.  With specific focus on the art of teamwork, communication, individual creativity and deadline management, Dr. Rottman will team up with the ASQ for what is sure to be an insightful and in-depth look in to the delicate balancing act that fuels success and innovation for individuals and companies.



Monday, November 5, 2018

“What Makes a Classic? – An Evening with Schubert and Beethoven”


The Arianna Quartet joins forces with UMSL philosophy theorist and aesthetics scholar, Dr. Stephanie Ross, for an inspiring and entertaining look at the inner workings of how great compositions and live performance come together to create lasting masterpieces.  What makes a musical masterpiece a masterpiece, or a movie, or book, or even a building, truly great?   Why do we enjoy revisiting favorite works again and again?  If we treat favorite works like cherished friends, what determines which new works we can come to love?   Do we ever outgrow works we once admired?  Don't’ miss this opportunity to join the ASQ and philosopher Stephanie Ross at UMSL Grand Center for a thought provoking evening of performance and insight that is sure to change how you see and hear the world around you.



Monday, December 3, 2018

"The Physics of Performance"

With special guest Dr. Sonya Bahar, Director UMSL Center for Neurodynamics

Join the Arianna String Quartet and their guest, UMSL Professor of Biophysics Dr. Sonya Bahar, in a fascinating evening exploring the interplay of science and chamber music.  Enjoy a unique, thought-provoking conversation that will leave you with a new appreciation for the elements of sound, communication, composition, and performance!



Monday, March 4, 2019

“Viva Brazil” with Yemanja Brazilian Restaurant

Enjoy sounds of the Arianna String Quartet and tastes of Yemanja Brazilian restaurant in a unique evening celebrating the music and cuisine of South America.  With infectious rhythms, new forms, and compelling harmonies, South American composers bring a unique expression to chamber music.  The Arianna Quartet will take you on a tour through several fascinating 20th Century works, while the flavors of unique Brazilian dishes are fresh on your palate!  Don’t miss this great evening of food and music; no passport required!



Monday, April 1, 2019

“Creative Cross-Over”

The ASQ welcomes beloved St. Louis jazz pianist and composer, Kim Portnoy, for an evening exploring the intersection of jazz and classical music. How has the classical tradition influenced the evolution of jazz, and where do these two styles meet in compositions being written today? Join us for a lively discussion that will include the St. Louis premiere of Kim Portnoy's "Blues for Anton" composed for the Arianna String Quartet, along with other recently composed pieces sure to delight and intrigue new and experienced listeners alike! Don't miss this one of a kind evening, part of the ASQ First Monday Series at UMSL Grand Center.

7:30 P.M. Tickets available at the door, or by visiting

UMSL Grand Center

3651 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63108



Monday, May 6, 2019

“Art of the Brew” at the Schlafly Tap Room

Join the Arianna Quartet and Schlafly’s founding brewmaster Stephen Hale for an evening exploring the connections and secrets behind two essential cultural mainstays, beer and music! Through demonstration, discussion and tasting, Mr. Hale and the ASQ will illuminate the science, craft, creativity and teamwork that are integral to producing a quality finished product that is unique and personal.  Come quench your thirst upstairs at the Schlafly Tap Room, hear some great music, and experience the fusion of these two treasured traditions!


Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St. St. Louis, MO  63103



Monday, October 7, 2019

“Sound Architecture”

with special guest Bob Winters

Principal Architect at Ottolino Winters Huebner




Monday, November 4, 2019

“The Chemistry of Sound”

with special guest Dr. James Bashkin

UMSL Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry




Monday, December 2, 2019

“The World of Choice in Art and Music”

with Elizabeth Buchta, UMSL Art and Design Faculty




Monday, March 2, 2020





Monday, April 6, 2020

“Character and Expression
in Shakespeare and Bach”

with Rob Henke, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature,

Washington University




Monday, May 4, 2020

 “The Art of the Brew”

at the Schlafly Tap Room

7:30 P.M.

Tickets available at the door,

or by visiting

UMSL Grand Center

3651 Olive St., St. Louis, MO  63108



Monday, April 5, 2021

"Reading Between the Lines: A Look Inside the Musical Score, the U.S. Constitution and other Foundational Documents"


The Arianna Quartet is thrilled to be joined by UMSL Political Science Professor Richard Middleton for an evening discussing the interplay of authenticity and interpretation in classical music and historical documents, such as the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Middleton, a pianist as well as a scholar, will offer fascinating insights to help us approach the 'historical documents', both musical and legal, that live and breathe with us every day. Don't miss this fascinating evening of conversation and performance!