This unique concert series offers audience members a rare behind the scenes look into the craft of performance, and an opportunity for direct discussion and interaction with the world-class Arianna String Quartet as they examine the dynamic process of interpretation and performance.  Join the ASQ for six intimate evenings of music and discussion at UMSL Grand Center.



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.

Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Glass:

Exploring and Color and Drama through Sound

Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:30 PM

The Arianna Quartet examines the formulas, styles and expressive tools of two seemingly disparate voices of the music world.  In a performance and discussion of Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, Op.13, and Philip Glass’ Quartet No.3 “Mishima”, the ASQ shares insights into the ways in which these masters of sound control our collective sense of time and emotion.


Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev:

The Russian Sound

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

The ASQ presents an evening with two of Russia’s most profound and influential composers, in a talk and performance demonstrating the ingenuity and power of compositional expression found in the second string quartets of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.



Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:30 PM

Spend an evening behind the scenes as the Arianna Quartet presents their chamber music students in an open masterclass!  The ASQ will share interpretive tactics, problem solving techniques, and insights into instrumental pedagogy.  Don’t miss this chance to experience this one-of-a-kind open performance lab!


A Conversation with Brahms

Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

As a supplement to their March 3 Touhill Series concert, “An Evening with Brahms: The Complete String Quartets”, the Arianna Quartet will present a guided tour through the expressive, and psychologically complex landscape of Johannes Brahms’ three quartets.  Enjoy this rare opportunity to

explore and experience the world of Brahms in his most intimate,

and personal works.


Off-Stage Innovation

Monday April 3, 2017, 7:30 PM

In a performance of various composers, styles and genres, the Arianna Quartet will discuss and demonstrate their innovative approach to using the string quartet as an interdisciplinary teaching tool.  With connections to business, philosophy, language, art, history, chemistry and physic, the ASQ will introduce new ways of seeing and hearing music as a timeless reflection of the world in which we live.


Haydn and Bartok:

Inside the Art of the String Quartet

Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Arianna Quartet invites you to experience an evening dedicated to two of the great masters of the string quartet genre, in a discussion and performance of works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Bela Barok.  The ASQ offers an evening of unique insights into the revolutionary creativity that Haydn and Bartok created in their signature styles of writing for the string quartet. Come hear the music, and find out what how to listen with a whole new perspective!