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Harrington String Quartet to Perform at WTAMU Before European Tour

April 25, 2014

CONTACT:    Keith Redpath, 806-651-2823, kredpath@wtamu.edu

Harrington String Quartet to Perform at WTAMU Before European Tour

CANYON, Texas—The Harrington String Quartet will present the third and final concert of its “Mosaics” season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall at West Texas A&M University before beginning a May 23-June 7 European tour.

The Harrington String Quartet is in residence as string faculty at West Texas A&M University. TheHarrington String Quartet Quartet will present a short pre-concert lecture, “More than Meets the Ear,” at 7 p.m. The “Joys and Sorrows” concert will follow to explore the opposing emotional relationships between such concepts as joy and sorrow, young and old and life and death.

The first half of the concert will contrast one of the string quartet genre’s earliest works, Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 1 No. 1, with Shostakovich String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor. These two works, separated by approximately 215 years (from late 1750s until 1974) symbolize the beginning and end of the traditional string quartet. The Haydn work features a robust, youthful optimism, while Shostakovich’s remarkably intimate work, written at the end of his life, faces themes of melancholy and death in the quiet atmosphere of a requiem. The work on the second half of the program, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor , Op. 10 (1893), buzzes with the vitality of life, beauty and sensuality.

The Harrington String Quartet will travel to Europe later in the month to perform at two international music festivals and a series of educational concerts titled “Music from America.” The first stop will be at the Festival Internacional de Musica de Toledo in central Spain, where they will perform two concerts. On May 23 they will perform in Carranque at the Villa Romana del Parque Arqueológico and on May 24 in ???ña at the Convento de PP. Dominicos.

The Quartet will travel to Magdeburg in Germany to present a series of educational programs as part of “Klassik-I like it!”—a cultural literacy and education project of the Europa Philharmonie. The quartet’s program, “Musik  Aus Amerika,” will be presented three times on May 27 and 28. The last stop of the tour will be at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, located at the small coastal village of Duino, Italy near Trieste. The quartet will give masterclasses for students from around the world, including many from the United States. The tour’s final performances will be June 6 with a concert in the Duino Castle, perched dramatically on the cliff tops overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and on June 7 with a concert in Trieste. For these concerts, the quartet will collaborate with members of the IMFA faculty in performances of the beloved Octet for Strings by Felix Mendelsohn.

A gem in the cultural landscape of West Texas, the Harrington String Quartet was established by a generous gift from the late Sybil B. Harrington to benefit the Panhandle community. From its founding in 1981, the quartet has brought “stellar credentials” and “a refined sense of ensemble and musical integrity” to performances across the nation and internationally.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $20 each and can be reserved by calling 806-651-2840.


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