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Award-winner Arianna String Quartet to perform at UA

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:00 am

The University of Arizona School of Music presents the chamber ensemble, the Arianna String Quartet, in concert on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall. The post-concert reception will be hosted by the School of Music Advisory Board.

In addition, members of the quartet will offer a free chamber music master class the same day at 2 p.m. in room 170 in the School of Music building. It is open to the public.

The concert will feature two works by Franz Schubert, “Quartettsatz,” and the String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 with UA faculty cellist Mark Votapek. Also on the program is the Quartet in g minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg.

The Arianna String Quartet is violinists John McGrosso and David Gillham, violist Joanna Mendoza and cellist Kurt Baldwin. Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles.

Formed in 1992, they garnered national attention by winning the grand prize in the 1994 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and first prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. They were also laureates in the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. 

The Arianna String Quartet has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including critically acclaimed debuts at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. It has been heard on live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, on Canada’s CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess series, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program.

Highlights for 2011 include concert tours in Brazil, South Africa and Canada.

Based in St. Louis since 2000, the Arianna String Quartet members serve as associate professors of their respective instruments, and quartet-in-residence at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Recognized for their innovative educational programs, the ASQ was awarded Chamber Music America Residency Grants in 1996 and 2003, and has given over 1,000 educational outreach performances.

In 2005, the Arianna Quartet received the Missouri String Teacher Association’s Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding contributions to music education and the cultivation of young audiences throughout Missouri.

If you go

What: Arianna String Quartet concert

When: Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: Holsclaw Hall, UA School of Music building, southeast corner of Park and Speedway

Cost: $11 general, $9 UA employees and seniors 55 and older, $5 students

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