Community Music School Hosts Euclid String Quartet Concert and Workshop

| January 30, 2012

Euclid String Quartet

The Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University welcomes the Euclid String Quartet for a return visit Feb. 9 – 12 as the resident ensemble of the St. Looey Chamber Blitz. The four-day chamber music workshop, now in its fourth year, is an offering of the Preparatory Program of the CMS, and is funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Students are coached and mentored by Euclid Quartet members: Jameson Cooper, violin; Jacob Murphy, violin; Luis Vargas, viola; and Si-Yan Darren Li, cello, and participate in a juried mock competition, concluding with a master class given by the quartet.

The Euclid Quartet will present a concert at the CMS Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The concert and workshop are free and open to the public.

Webster University jazz pianist and director of composition Kim Portnoy was commissioned to write  a one movement piano quintet incorporating jazz styles, suitable for professionals and advanced level students. The resulting Caprice will be a welcome addition to the piano quintet literature.

Preparatory Program artistic director Vera Parkin will join the Euclid Quartet at the piano. “Audiences will love Kim’s new work,” says Parkin. “It is vivacious and has great textures and interplay between the strings and piano. I think audiences will immediately take to it.”

The Euclid Quartet is the Quartet in Residence at Indiana University-South Bend. The four members hail from four different continents, and are named for Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, home to a wealth of great artistic talent and tradition. Winners of numerous international prizes, including the Osaka, Hugo Kauder, and Carmel chamber competitions, the quartet was recently awarded the prominent “Great Masterpieces” grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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For more information about Community Music School events, call 314-968-5939.
For further information about the St.Looey Chamber Blitz, call 314-968-5939.

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