Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has developed an undisputed reputation as a truly world-class chamber ensemble. The quartet performs more than 120 concerts annually worldwide and is the ensemble in residence at Stanford University. Haydn has been a passion for SLSQ since their founding, and their mission here is to shift common perspective from "pleasant opening music" to "radical, passionate innovator." A highlight of the concert led by Geoff Nuttall is SLSQ's exploration of a Haydn quartet in depth at the beginning of the performance. They then play the piece through, engaging the audience in active listening and a much deeper appreciation of Haydn"s compositional genius. Supported in part by a gift from David and Lindsay West.