Award-winning quartet will light up the stage

Chamber Music Concerts will present its first double concert of the season with the Mir&

243; String Quartet. The two concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and — p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The program for the evening concert on Oct. 19 will include Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1, "A Revival Service"; Antonin Dvorak's Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American"; and a brand new work by Kevin Puts entitled "Credo." The Oct. 20 matinee will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quartet in D Major, K. 499, "Hoffmeister"; Ludwig van Beethoven's Quartet in F Major, Op. 135; and Johannes Brahms' Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2.

The Mir&

243; Quartet was founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory and met with immediate success, winning first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and taking both the first and grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition two months later.

Earning first prize at the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Mir&

243; Quartet also won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 2000. In 2005, the quartet was the first ensemble to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and received the Cleveland Quartet Award that year as well.

The Mir&

243; Quartet has been faculty string quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin for three years. Its members &

violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele &

teach and coach chamber music there, while maintaining an active international touring schedule. The Quartet recently launched its new Web site, , the first online networking community for classical music lovers. Through the Web site, the Mir&

243; Quartet shares downloads of its performances, touring itinerary, and inside information from the road. It is the quartet's hope that other artists will follow suit and use as a way to share recordings and to keep fans up-to-date on its activities.

Recent Mir&

243; Quartet seasons have included concerts in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic's Kammermusiksaal, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and at the Dresden Music Festival. Tickets are $26/$30, $5 for students. See /cmc, or call 552-6154.

The Mir&

243; Quartet has been quartet-in-residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, and was named to the Distinctive Debut Series of Carnegie Hall.

The Mir&

243; Quartet is named for the surrealist Spanish painter Joan Mir&

243; who drew his subject matter from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy. Tickets are $26/$30, $5 for students.

See /cmc, or call 552-6154.

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