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September 18, 2002

The Alexander String Quartet, SFSU's acclaimed quartet-in-residence, and internationally-known pianist Roger Woodward will offer a free recital at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building.

Woodward, who recently left his native Australia to join SFSU as director of the newly-created School of Music and Dance, will join with the quartet to offer his first on-campus performance. The program includes Mozart's "Quartet in G, KV 387" and Shostakovich's "Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 57."

Roger Woodward has been a solo artist for many years, appearing in 45 countries, with many of the world's major orchestras and at over 120 international festivals. He is also a composer, has close to 100 recordings to his name, and has written about Chopin, Beethoven and the Russian avant garde. He has long been involved in music education, most recently as chair of music at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. The Australian National Trust has designated him a "National Treasure of Australia."

The Alexander String Quartet has performed and recorded chamber music since 1981. The quartet includes both contemporary and classic pieces in its repetoire and regularly performs in the Bay Area and throughout the world. Since 1989, the members of the quartet have been directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Centerís Instructional Program at SFSU.

The members of the Alexander String Quartet are Zakarias Grafilo, violin, Frederick Lifsitz, violin, Paul Yarbrough, viola and Sandy Wilson, cello.

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