The Arianna String Quartet will bring its 2016–2017 series to a close with the “Masterworks” performance on May 5. The performance begins at 8 p.m. with Haydn’s Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6, one of the string quartets that earned Haydn the designation “father of the string quartet.” String Quartet No. 4 by Béla Bartók will follow. Bartók took inspiration from Hungarian folk mu- sic when composing the piece, which features five movements arranged in a mirrored, arch-like structure. The ASQ will close the show and the season with Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, featuring guest Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak. Tickets to the “Masterworks” performance are $29; student tickets are available for $15.
2017 marks the second annual Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis. The festival celebrates the life and work of the famous playwright, who grew up in St. Louis and attended both the University of Missouri and Washington University for short periods of time. The festival, which takes place May 3 through May 7, will feature a performance of Williams’ lesser-known but critically acclaimed play “Small Craft Warnings.” The festival will also feature performances of Williams-themed plays written by con- temporary playwrights, as well as an exhibition of Williams’ paintings and a “Stella” shouting contest. A 5-day pass to the festival costs $200 for adults and $125 for students; flex passes and tickets to individual events are also available.
The St. Louis Book Fair is the city’s largest annual book fair, offering over 1 million used titles for bibliophiles to choose from. The Book Fair was started in 1950 and has become a St. Louis tradition over the years. This year, the Fair will begin on May 4 at 4 p.m. and run until May 7. All paperback books are $1; hardcovers range from $1– $5. Rare and collectible books are priced accordingly and are available upon request; a rare books inventory can be found online. Admission to the opening day of the Fair is $10; admission to all other days is free of charge. The St. Louis Book Fair is a non-profit organization, and Fair pro- ceeds benefit local education and literacy programs for underserved individuals in the St. Louis community.