OlioMuse | The Muse That Screams: Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8

Whitney George at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Mar 23 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Dedicated to "the victims of fascism and war", this work still resonates with the public—an audience (currently) in revolt.

Nothing makes the string quartet sound like an epic metal band quite like Dmitri Shostakovich's coveted Quartet No. 8. The sprawling, five-movement work is masterfully constructed with remarkable motivic unity and a rush of colorful techniques that make the work truly memorable and worth study. A subversive, and politically-minded composer, Shostakovich's voice is particularly forceful and yet nimble and clever in this work—written in a fury of three days, the piece is full of urgency and energy, fueled by Shostakovich's own personal trials and tribulations.

Dedicated to "the victims of fascism and war", this work still resonates with the public—an audience (currently) in revolt. Join Think Olio lecturer Whitney George and musicians of GroupMuse for an evening of lecture and performance, dissecting this stunningly relevant and politically-charged work.

There will be free beer sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery at this event, so come snag a spot on the floor to relax and enjoy the warmth and double stimulation of this live music lecture.


This event is put on in collaboration with Groupmuse.

Groupmuse enables communities to come together around great art; connecting young classical musicians to local audiences through concert house parties. Share the great masterpieces of music with old and new friends — in your living room and throughout your city.

Teacher: Whitney George

George holds an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of the Arts, a masters degree from Brooklyn College Conservatory, and is currently continuing her studies as a PhD candidate at the CUNY Grad Center. In addition to her composing and conducting, George teaches at Brooklyn College, works at the Hitchcock Institute of American Studies and is the Managing Director for New York's AME.


Venue: Strand Bookstore

What is Think Olio?


Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

Read more about our mission, our story, and how we are doing this.

Scenius Membership

If Friday night lectures, museum field trips, and living room salons sound like your kind of thing, then you've found your people. We can't wait to welcome you to the Think Olio Scenius. More info


Other Upcoming Olios


New Toys and New Tyrants: Capitalism and the Rise of Platform Economics

Location: at Online

Teacher: Rob Larson

June 4, 2020, 8 p.m.

A Dialogue: Buddhism and the Stoics

Location: at Online

Teacher: Bhante Kusala & Michael Prettyman

June 5, 2020, 8 p.m.

Seeing the Subconscious: Mindfulness, Psychology, and the Road to Healing Racism

Location: at Online

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam & Robin Schlenger

June 7, 2020, 7 p.m.

Internet Omnipresence & Critical Thinking

Location: at Online

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

June 8, 2020, 8 p.m.

Escape From The City

Location: at Online

Teacher: Ted Barrow

June 10, 2020, 8 p.m.

Progressives, Radicals & Well-Meaning Liberals

Location: at Online

Teacher: Angie Beeman

June 11, 2020, 8 p.m.

Plato Goes East: The Republic and The Bhagavad Gita

Location: at Online

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

June 14, 2020, noon

Socialism, A Day in the Life

Location: at Online

Teacher: Danny Katch

June 15, 2020, 8 p.m.


Stay in Touch


Instagram Mailing List Contact

Get Involved


Liaisons Host an Olio

Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.