French romance of the musical variety is the theme of this enchanting evening concert. Composed in 1948 and dedicated to the French cellist Pierre Fournier, Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano opens with sparkle and splash. Each movement dazzles with an exuberant and joyful cello-piano conversation. Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major is his only string quartet and dedicated to his teacher Gabriel Fauré. It is rich in sounds that unfold like a dream. Melodic lines pass from violin to violin, to cello to viola, in a layered theme from the opening that reappears in every movement. Considered bold and revolutionary in 1903, Ravel’s magical quartet continues to surprise and delight audiences.