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Renowned Artaria String Quartet Next
in UW-Eau Claire Artists Series

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2005

Artaria String QuartetEAU CLAIRE — Winner of the prestigious 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, the Artaria String Quartet will perform Monday, Oct. 10, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

The program will include Mozart's Quartet in G major, K. 387; Quartet No. 1 in C major, by Shostakovich; and Dvorak's Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 51.

Named after the Italian family that published the premier issues of many of the Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven quartets, the Artaria String Quartet has won critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States, with the Boston Globe describing their refined and thoughtful playing as "exquisitely balanced and sonorous."

Formed in Boston in 1986, the quartet was mentored by the renowned Budapest, La Salle, Kolisch, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets. They were featured on a Peter Jennings "World News Tonight" broadcast on ABC-TV, have given numerous live performances on WGBH Boston and Minnesota Public Radio stations, and have performed at celebrated venues across the United States, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Schneider Concerts in New York City, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, and the Phillips Collection and Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. The group also has been featured at the Banff Centre in Canada, France's Festival de L'Epau and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Nationally recognized as dynamic teachers and for their commitment to education, members of the Artaria String Quartet served as artist/teachers at the world-renowned Tanglewood Institute, where the quartet also was Ensemble in Residence. They received two highly sought-after Millennium Grants for outreach activities from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America and have performed hundreds of programs to thousands of students throughout the United States.

Honored as recipients of the inaugural Rural Residency Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992, the quartet has continued to establish and enhance string programs for communities across the Midwest. In the mid-1990s, Artaria held dual residencies at Boston College and Viterbo College. The quartet now resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where its members maintain active careers in performing and teaching on the faculties of St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges, the University of Minnesota, and the newly created Artaria Chamber Music School.

Tickets are $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. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

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

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