One of the leading chamber music ensembles in the United States will perform a free concert and master class at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Parkway Heights Methodist Church in Hattiesburg.
Described by The Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant,” the Cavani String Quartet concertizes regularly throughout North America and Europe. The group has performed in well-known and prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Ambassador Series in Los Angeles.
“The recital program features some of the most important works in the chamber music repertoire, including one of Beethoven’s “Rasumovsky” quartets,” said Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, associate professor of cello at Southern Miss.
The day of the concert the quartet will host a free master class for Southern Miss music students and the general public from 2:30-4 p.m. Violins will meet in Marsh Auditorium, violas in the Fine Arts Building room 218 and cellos in the Fine Arts Building room 209.
“Hearing advice from musicians of such caliber and attending their live performance will be enormously beneficial to our music students,” Russakovsky said.
Group members include Annie Fullard, violin; Mari Sato, violin; Kirsten Docter, viola and Merry Peckham, cello.
Formed in 1984, the Cavani String Quartet is named after the 19th century violinmakers Giovanni and Vincenzo Cavani. The quartet’s performances have been featured on National Public Radio's “Performance Today,” “St. Paul Sunday” and numerous television networks.
As proponents of contemporary music, they have worked with a number of living composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Dan Welcher, Joan Tower, Donald Erb, James Primosch and Margaret Brouwer to commission, perform and record music. As dynamic leaders of arts-in-education, they have worked with institutions such as Southern Illinois University to create education initiatives and received national acclaim for hosting creative programming for audiences of all ages.
This performance is sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music’s Connoisseur Chamber Music Series. For more information about the Cavani String Quartet, visit www.cavani.org.
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