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American String Quartet Concert Features Mozart, Dvorak

January 22, 2002

[ American String Quartet Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The renowned American String Quartet presents a concert on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:15 p.m. in Gray Chapel. This program is part of Ohio Wesleyan's Performing Arts and Lecture Series and features Mozart's "Hoffmeister" String Quartet K. 499 in D major, Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 and Dvorak's String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 51.

The American String Quartet has achieved a position of rare esteem in the world of chamber music. On annual tours that have included virtually every important concert hall in eight European countries and across North America, the Quartet has won critical acclaim for its presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart, and for collaborations with a host of distinguished artists. In the 1998-1999 season, the American celebrated its 25th with a tour that included concerts in all 50 states, a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington and two European tours.

Resident Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974, the American also has ongoing series at Princeton University and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in California. The Quartet is credited with broadening public awareness and enjoyment of chamber music across North America through educational programs, seminars, broadcast performances and published articles. It was one of the first ensembles to receive a National Arts Endowment grant for its activities on college campuses. The American's commitment to contemporary music has resulted in numerous commissions and awards, including three prize-winners at the Kennedy Center's Friedheim Awards and, most recently, Richard Danielpour's Quartet No. 4.

The four musicians (Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Daniel Avshalomov and David Geber) studied at the Juilliard School, where the Quartet was formed in 1974, winning the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award that same year. Outside the Quartet, each finds time for solo appearances and recitals.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for students. For additional information, call 740-368-3188.