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Arianna String Quartet Coming to Mineral Area College

A musical power of four will fill the stage of Mineral Area College’s Fine Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Arianna String Quartet will perform classical masterpieces at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Mineral Area College Fine Arts Theatre in Park Hills. Tickets are $12.50, available at the MAC Bookstore. The event is sponsored by MACOA and 573 Magazine.

Danielle Basler, arts council director, said the string quartet has been a past performer in the arts council’s roster, and has an international following.

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to present an ensemble of this caliber to our community and we expect the program to appeal to lifelong classical music lovers and new audiences alike. The quartet will mix the works of masters with that of a more contemporary composer, treating the audience to a performance which promises to be expressive, fresh and engaging.”

The quartet’s performance will include Mendelssohn's String Quartet Op. 80, which the quartet views as a remarkably turbulent and thrilling work, written in the last year of the composer’s life.  

To follow the Mendelssohn will be "Five Elegies" by Arnold Van Wyk, a South African composer, and contemporary of Benjamin Britten. The quartet became acquainted with this work recently and played it in South Africa at the Conservatory in Stellenbosch where Van Wyk taught.
Finally, the quartet will conclude the program with Mozart's Quartet in C Major, K. 465, known as the "Dissonant" due to its remarkable use of expressivity and yearning that was not understood in Mozart's time.

The four musicians are John McGrosso, violin; Julia Sakharova, violin; Joanna Mendoza, viola; and Kurt Baldwin, cello.

Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world's finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and "Live from Music Mountain", which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. The ASQ has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term contract with Centaur Records. Their most recent release of the two string quartets of Janacek is now available, with their release of the six Op. 18 quartets of Beethoven soon to follow.

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