Catalyst Quartet. Two women and two men pose with their stringed instruments.
The Catalyst Quartet plays Feb. 19 in Mary Craig Auditorium at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Credit: Courtesy photo

The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet returns for its seventh chamber music concert, hosted by Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 in SBMA’s Mary Craig Auditorium, 1130 State St.

The Catalyst Quartet’s program of all female composers includes Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum,” Teresa Careño’s “Quartett,” Germaine Tailleferre’s “String Quartet,” and Fanny Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet in E-flat.”

Hailed by The New York Times at its Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished … playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010.

The ensemble has toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Cost for tickets is $20 SBMA members; $25 non-members. Get tickets at