|[L-R] David Finkel
(cello), Eugene Drucker (violin), Philip Setzer (violin), Lawrence Dutton
The Emerson String Quartet
Music has always been an important part of my life. My
mother was a pianist who forwent a career as a concert pianist for a brief
career as wife, homemaker and mother. My Uncle Robbie was a gifted musician.
When I moved to Washington, D.C. in 1977, I began attending
the Kennedy Center. Most years I had a season subscription for either the NSO or
the ballet season. In 1989, I added the Emerson String
concert series at the Smithsonian to my agenda, which I usually attend with my
friend Martha Mednick.
The year 2002 marked the Emerson's 25th anniversary and
my 13th with them. The season started on January 26 at the Baird
Auditorium. The program included Joseph Haydn's Quartet in G
Minor, Op. 74 No 3 (1793); Bela Bartok's Quartet No. 5 (1934); and Felix
Mendlessohn's Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 (1847).