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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Colorado Quartet to Perform
March 11 at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
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MAILED: March 3, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Music by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert will be performed by the Colorado Quartet and special guest cellist Mark Kosower on Thursday, March 11, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The program will begin with Haydn's Quartet in D Major, Op. 64., No. 5 ("Lark"), and Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127. Kosower will join the ensemble for Schubert's Quintet for Strings in C Major, D 956.
In a 10-day period in 1983, the Colorado Quartet made history by winning two of the music world's highest honors — the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Since that time it has been praised on four continents as one of the finest quartets of our time, cited for its musical integrity, impassioned playing and lyrical finesse.
Fanfare magazine describes the Colorado Quartet as "four musicians of the highest caliber thinking deeply about what they are doing, listening, reacting to one another, giving and taking — these are living, breathing performances."
Violinist Deborah Redding founded the ensemble while a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Julie Rosenfeld, violin, and Francesca Martin Silos, viola, have been with the ensemble since 1982; and cellist Diane Chaplin joined the group in 1988.
Currently based in the New York area, the Colorado Quartet appears regularly in major halls worldwide and records on the Parnassus, Mode and Fidelio labels. Inspiring and well-respected teachers, the members of the ensemble are founders and artistic directors of the Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and Institute of String Quartets in Falmouth, Mass. The Colorado Quartet is quartet-in-residence at the Oberlin Conservatory this season.
Returning to the Artists Series stage after performances in 1994 and 1997, Mark Kosower is quickly becoming one of the most accomplished and notable young cellists in the United States. His awards include first prize in the Seventh Irving Klein International String Competition where he became the first winner in the competition's history to gain a unanimous vote by the nine judges. In 1994 Kosower won the prestigious WAMSO Young Artist Competition held in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, where he was again the unanimous winner of the grand prize — a solo appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra on its subscription series. Kosower became only the third person to have been chosen for this award by the musical director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 38 years.
Kosower's performance career began at the age of 4 when he started a 10-year association with the Dolce Trio. At the age of 7 he began performing concertos with symphony orchestras. In 1984, the trio was a guest artist ensemble at the Second American Cello Congress and performed at the reception for Mstislav Rostropovich. Two years later, at the age of 9, Kosower was chosen by renowned cellist Janos Starker to open the gala finale concert at the Third American Cello Congress at Indiana University.
Kosower has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, among others. His many live broadcast performances include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which aired over hundreds of stations throughout the country. Last season he appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolf, and in recital in Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Milwaukee and other cities.
Mark Kosower began cello studies at age 11/2 with his father, Paul Kosower, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He currently holds an artist diploma in cello from Indiana University, and is the assistant to Janos Starker.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may 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.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: March 4, 1999