The Madison Park String Quartet (Kari Giles and Jenny Topilow violins, Kirsten Swanson viola, and Mira Frisch cello) performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s (1906-1975) String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49 and String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21 by Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984). These two lesser-known Quartets, composed within a year of each other, cover a broad range of styles incorporating Israeli folk tunes, French Impressionism, and Neoclassicism. Paul Ben-Haim offers up lush and warm Palestinian landscapes while Shostakovich evokes childhood memories of Spring making each work worthy of your acquaintance.