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Posted: Monday Mar 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

The Lark String Quartet will be the eighth and final season presentation in the Saint Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center.

Members of the group include Basia Danilow, violin; Deborah Buck, violin; Katheryn Lockwood, viola; and Caroline Stinson, cello. Their program will include: George Gershwin’s “Five Songs for String Quartet” arranged by Stanley Silverman; Felix Mendelssohn’s “Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81;” Aaron Copland’s “Two Pieces for String Quartet;” and Leoš Janáček’s “String Quartet No. 2, ‘Intimate Letters.’”

The Lark Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and imaginative artistry. The members of this string quartet, all soloists in their own right, have come together to form a “polished and warmly communicative ensemble” that delivers “a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance” (Washington Post). Performing with a unique blend of excitement, individuality, and an unusually sonorous quartet sound, the Lark has won the acclaim of critics and audiences alike.

The Lark has always been very active and committed to commissioning and premiering new music. Many of these works have become mainstays of the chamber music repertoire and include: Quartet No. 1, Musica celestis, and Quartet No. 2, Musica instrumentalis (1997 Pulitzer Prize winner), by Aaron Jay Kernis; Quartet No. 2, In memoriam, and Piano Quintet No.2, by Peter Schickele; A Poet's Dream by Jennifer Higdon; Early That Summer by Julia Wolfe. Upcoming commissions include William Bolcom's Billy of the Darbies for baritone and string quartet and a new work for string quartet and percussion by Glen Velez.

Admission is $25 and tickets can be ordered online at http://concertseries.stvincent.edu/ or by calling 724 805-2565. They will also be available at the door.

Single tickets, flex passes, group rates and student discounts are also available.

A dinner/concert package, A Classic Evening at Saint Vincent, is offered for $50 with advance reservations.

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Further details are available by contacting the Concert Series Box Office, 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu/.


Photo: Lark String Quartet 


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