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




In advance, $12

At the door, $15, Students, $5, 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.



“The Beauty of Bartok”

Mon, Mar 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

The Arianna Quartet dedicates the evening to the beauty, mystery, and expressiveness of Bela Bartok, with an in-depth discussion and performance of his brilliant Second String Quartet.  Inspired by soulful Hungarian folk traditions and the tumultuous early 20th century, the ASQ will reveal the inner workings of this emotional masterpiece.



“The Radiance of Ravel”

Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 7:30 pm

The Arianna Quartet presents an evening focused on Maurice Ravel and his luminous String Quartet in F Major.  Share the evening with the ASQ as they peer into the acoustic spectrum of Ravel’s only string quartet, a work recognized as one of the true masterpieces of the 20th century, and find out how Ravel created his quintessentially French sound.



“An Evening with Shostakovich”

Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 7:30 pm

The ASQ journeys into the mind and soul of Dmitri Shostakovich with a glimpse into three string quartets from the early, middle and later years of the great Russian master’s life.  From the ebullient String Quartet No.1, through the tormented Quartet No.8, to the despair of his final quartet, No.15, the Arianna Quartet presents the music of Shostakovich, as you have never heard it before.