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College and the Arts 2015 Reprise

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It’s really nice to be home after ten days on the road, but the College and the Arts trip with Eli was fantastic. Here are some highlights and pointers from the trip.

Laguna and Los Angeles
school: UC Irvine
hotels: 14 West and Palomar Los Angeles
arts: LACMA
highlight: visiting Bob and Espie in Topanga
special thanks to: Louise Schlegel and Carter Jones

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Santa Cruz
school: UC Santa Cruz
hotel: The Paradox
arts: Driving up the California coast on CA-1
highlight: getting sunburned on CA-1
we missed: Brian Chess (who got sick)

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

San Francisco
school: UC Berkeley (Cal)
hotel: Palomar San Francisco
arts: The Elias String Quartet
highlight: the berkeley tour with Jonathan
special thanks to: Jacob and Jonathan

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Colorado
school: Colorado College (Eli’s favorite by far)
hotel: Garden of the Gods
arts: um, well, grappa?!
highlight: hanging out with Pier and Debra
special thanks to: Pier and Debra for the hospitality

Now THIS is art.

Now THIS is art.

Colorado College and Pike's Peak

Colorado College and Pike’s Peak

Maine
schools: Bates and Colby
hotel: Maple Hill Farm Inn
arts: Colby College Art Museum
highlight: who knew there could be snow in April?!

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

The World

The World

North Carolina
schools: Duke and UNC
hotel: the umstead
arts: North Carolina Museum of Art
highlight: Our docent Francesca’s incredible tour

UNC: Football stadium or prison?  Hmm.

UNC: Football stadium or prison? Hmm.

Francesca

Francesca

College and the Arts: Elias String Quartet

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Monday night in college and the arts land it was Beethoven. We went to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco to hear the Elias String Quartet play three Beethoven Quartets. For more on what this fantastic quartet is doing, also see the beethoven project.

Jacob, Jonathan, and Eli enter a church

Jacob, Jonathan, and Eli enter a church

St Mark's Lutheran Church

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

The music was sublime and moving. Wow. Listen.

Sara Bitlloch, violin
Donald Grant, violin
Martin Saving, viola
Marie Bitlloch, cello

From Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95 “Serioso” (3rd movement)

Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135
Allegretto
Vivace
Assai lento, contante e traquillo
Grave, ma non toppo tratto; Allegro

Beethoven String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Opus 131