"After This, What's Left to Write?"

Sunday, 4 February 2018 - 3:00pm

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street

"After This, What's Left to Write?"

Beethoven's Opus 131

Daedalus Quartet

DAEDALUS QUARTET performing Opus 131
opening with a staged reading of Opus by MICHAEL HOLLINGER
and a discussion with MICHAEL HOLLINGER, DAEDALUS QUARTET, and MARCIA FERGUSON

Michael Hollinger’s acclaimed play Opus follows the life of a professional string quartet preparing for a performance of Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131. After a staged reading of the play, the playwright will join Penn Theatre Arts Program Director Marcia Ferguson and Penn’s resident group the Daedalus Quartet to discuss the aesthetic and historical questions raised by this unexpected appearance of Beethoven’s music—some of the most uncompromising “absolute” music ever written—at the center of a theatrical work. Why has the figure of Beethoven loomed so large in our cultural imagination for the past two hundred years? The Daedalus Quartet concludes the event with a performance of Beethoven’s Opus 131 in its entirety.

Detail of Beethoven's sketches for his Op. 131

TICKETS: $30. Discounts available for Penn faculty/staff (20% off with promo code PENN) and students ($10 student rush ticket on the day of the show). 


"After This, What's Left to Write" is one in a series of events in Penn's 2018 performing arts season in which the Daedalus Quartet will present the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 16 quartets. Never before performed in a single season within Philadelphia, this extraordinary program will draw together partnerships with Penn’s Music Department, Annenberg Center, the Theater Arts Program, Kelly Writers House, Penn Medicine, the Wolf Humanities Center, and others. Full list of performances: annenbergcenter.org/Beethoven