The Veronika String Quartet.

(Photo: Courtesy of Veronika String Quartet)

The Pueblo-based Veronika String Quartet opens its 25th anniversary season with two concerts this weekend featuring music by Russian composers.

The quartet plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ascension Episcopal Church, 420 W. 18th St. in Pueblo; and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs.

This weekend’s program:

  • Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, “Accordion”
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)
  • Prokofiev:  String Quartet No. 2, in F Major

Click the audio above to hear the quartet play the second movement, "Andante Cantabile," from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1, recorded live in the CPR Performance Studio on Thursday.

“It sounds and looks like a ginger honey cake,” Veronika violinist Karine Garibova said of the movement. “It’s very sweet and pretty."

Listen to CPR Classical's Charley Samson talk with Garibova about this weekend’s concerts:  

Audio: Charley Samson talks with the Veronika String Quartet

The Veronika String Quartet’s lineup is Veronika Afanassieva and Karine Garibova, violins; Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia, viola; and Scott Kluksdahl, cello.