The Emperor’s New Harp at the National Cathedral

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When: Thursday, January 18, 7:30PM – 9PM
Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $40
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In this action-packed program from Diderot String Quartet, violence and intrigue flood the streets of Vienna. Joseph Haydn writes his op. 76, no. 3 string quartet (“Emperor”), complete with variations on a theme in honor of Holy Roman Emperor Franz II. But in a shocking twist, Napoleon dissolves the centuries-old Holy Roman Empire and lays brutal siege upon Vienna!

Haydn and his wildly-coiffed sidekick Ludwig van Beethoven narrowly survive. The elderly Haydn dies a few weeks later, and Beethoven writes his op. 74 string quartet (“Harp”). Will Beethoven’s hearing worsen? Who is the mysterious Prince Lobkowitz? Stay tuned to find out!

Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76/No. 3 “Emperor”
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”

Cathedral Trivia
In 1791, President Washington commissioned Major L’Enfant to create a visionary plan for the nation’s capital. It was L’Enfant who first imagined “a great church for national purposes.”  In 1907,
Workmen laid the foundation stone on Washington’s longest-running construction project on September 29 as President Theodore Roosevelt and the Bishop of London spoke to a crowd of 10,000. The stone itself came from a field near Bethlehem and was set into a larger piece of American granite.

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