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Turtle Island String Quartet to Perform
Solstice Celebration at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Nov. 24, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — “Solstice Celebration: The Festival of Lights” is the title of Turtle Island String Quartet’s concert of world holiday music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, Dec. 8. The Artists Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

Its name derived from American Indian creation mythology, Turtle Island String Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold new trends in chamber music for strings. The ensemble fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with 21st-century American popular styles.

The concert will showcase music associated with what is referred to in both the Jewish and Hindu traditions as the Festival of Lights. From the songs of Hanukkah, to the music India’s Dewali, to the old English carols and Scottish reels of the 16th century, the ensemble will explore the timeless music that has been an integral part of winter holiday celebrations for centuries.

The program will be announced from the stage, and include selections that range from traditional folk tunes to Vivaldi to Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmastime Is Here.”

Turtle Island String Quartet is the result of violinist David Balakrishnan’s brainstorming explorations and compositional vision. The journey has taken the group through forays into folk and bluegrass styles, swing jazz, be-bop, classical Indian forms, funk and R&B, new age, rock and hip-hop, bossa nova and salsa.

The ensemble is unique in reviving venerable improvisational and compositional chamber traditions not explored by string players for nearly 200 years. Each Turtle Island member is an accomplished improviser, composer and arranger, as well as having extensive conservatory training.

Turtle Island String Quartet is David Balakrishnan, violin and baritone violin; Evan Price, violin; Phyllis Kamrin, viola; and Mark Summer, cello.

Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.


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Updated: November 20, 2003