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Harrington String Quartet Gears Up for Busy Season

Sept. 25, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Harrington String Quartet Gears Up for Busy Season

CANYON, Texas—The Harrington String Quartet launched its 2013-14 season working with colleagues Nick Scales—bass, and Amy Goeser Kolb—oboe, on a new work by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer John Harbison titled Crossroads.

The work features West Texas A&M University mezzo-soprano Cynthia Hill, student of Christopher Meerdink, WTAMU assistant professor of music, and is set to the poetry of Louise Glück, poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress. It focuses on three poems from her collection, A Village Life.

The quartet was invited to participate in a national consortium of ensembles and presenters that commissioned this unique work. The performance, presented by Chamber Music Amarillo on Sept. 13, was a Texas co-premiere with a simultaneous performance by faculty members at Texas Tech University. The Harrington String Quartet also collaborated with New York-based concert pianist Brandt Fredriksen for Dvorak’s Piano Quintet on the same program.

The group has a busy fall schedule with performances and master classes in Albuquerque, Oct. 10, Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., Oct. 17, the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C., Oct. 18, and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Oct. 28. In November, the quartet will travel to Midland, Odessa and Abilene, where they will give annual presentations for high school students.

This season’s subscription concerts, called MOSAICS, will be presented Nov. 1 at WTAMU’s Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall; March 7 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo; and May 2 at Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. A mosaic creates a work of art from disparate fragments, and each of these concerts will showcase contrasting styles and personalities tied together under a general theme. The November concert, “Viennese Delights” will feature works by Hugo Wolf, Beethoven and Brahms.

For more information about the quartet and its activities, visit harringtonstringquartet.org or facebook.com/harringtonstringquartet.


—WTAMU—


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