Avalon String Quartet to open fall season Sept. 29

Avalon String Quartet
Avalon String Quartet

NIU’s Avalon String Quartet will begin its fall season at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

The quartet will perform the Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 No 3 in A Major and the Brahms String Quartet No 2 in A Minor.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the auditorium is accessible to all. The concert also will be live-streamed.

Members of the Avalon Quartet are Blaise Magniere (first violin, Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin); Marie Wang (second violin); Anthony Devroye (viola); and Cheng-Hou Lee (cello).

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you – ears, mind and spirit – into its music,” the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles.

In the 2011-2012 season, the Avalon performed the complete Beethoven quartet cycle at the Art Institute of Chicago in historic Fullerton Hall.

During the 2013-2014 season, the quartet embarked on the complete Bartok cycle at the Art Institute of Chicago. In each of the six concerts, a different Bartok quartet was paired with another masterpiece from the string quartet repertoire.

For more information, call (815) 753-1546 or email lslater@niu.edu.

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