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Classical Music Connections


March 11, 2023

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Members: $35.00

Non-Members: $45.00

Package (Members): $85.00

Package (Non-Members): $115.00

Acclaimed cellist and UW College of Music Artist-in-Residence Christine Lee partners with the National Nordic Museum for a new series of music at the Museum! On March 11, Lee will perform with violinists Sol Im and Ji Yeon Lee, and violist Alexander Grimes. Join us for an afternoon of musical enrichment from world-renowned performers.

Note: individual concert tickets available at the registration button above, as well as a package offering admission to all three Classical Music Connections concerts. 

Walk ins welcome! 

TeenTix available at the door one hour before concert at table outside Osberg Great Hall door.

"New Beginnings: First Quartets"

String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 (1801)

Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Allegro con brio
  1. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
  1. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  1. Allegro


String Quartet No. 1 in D major (1941)

Benjamin Britten

  1. Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo
  1. Allegro con slancio
  1. Andante calmo
  1. Molto vivace

From Christine Lee:

"We are featuring two string quartets that were the first published quartets by each composer. We thought this could be an ode to new beginnings, (like our series!), to new eras, to the genius of artists like those featured at the National Nordic Museum who pave the way for a new standard. Beethoven’s string quartets catapulted the string quartet genre into a serious ensemble, and it is almost impossible to extricate Beethoven’s influence on string quartet writing to contemporary string quartets today. That, of course brings us to Britten, another brilliant composer whose very first published string quartet indirectly influences of Beethoven’s but stands on its own in originality and genius. I thought it would be an interesting program to play them side by side, seeing history through the lens of the string quartet."


  • christine lee

    Christine Lee

    A Paris Fulbright Fellow recipient, Christine Lee has been noted by the New York Times as a “clear delight.” 

  • Sol Im

    Sol Im

    Sol Im began her violin studies at age 5 and made her solo debut at Benaroya Hall with Cascade Youth Symphony at age 16. 

  • Ji Yeon Lee

    Ji Yeon Lee

    Ji Yeon Lee, native of South Korea, started playing the violin at the age of four.

  • Alexander Grimes

    Alexander Grimes

    Alexander Grimes is the principal viola of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and a resident artist at the Archipelago Collective Chamber Music Festival on San Juan Island.