AXELROD STRING QUARTET AT THE SMITHSONIAN
Last night we attended a fine concert by the Axelrod String Quartet at the National Museum of American History. Our friends Matt and Cindy bought tickets for us for Christmas, and they joined us, along with Jeff and Marianne.The quartet is named after their Axelrod patrons, who donated 4 instruments created by Nicole Amati and 4 of the 11 surviving ornamented Stradivari to the museum, which they play in concert. WOW!
They played the Haydn Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 76, No 6 followed by Beethoven’s Quartet in G Major, Op 18, No 2 with finesse. Beethoven had a little fun with Haydn, as both a tribute and a light-hearted poke at his former teacher.
And then, there was this! A bit of American history on the way out…the Tucker 48. THe Cyclopes headlamp turns with the front wheels. It was the first car with seat belts and a padded dash, and the only car built with a rear-engine helicopter motor. were only 48 of these made – one recently sold for 2.9 million!