September 26, 2002
The Morrison Artists' Series presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The quartet will play selections from Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
The Canadian quartet, founded in Toronto in 1989, has performed worldwide and received acclaim for both its free-spirited casualness and its intense and electric playing. It draws its name from the St. Lawrence river which runs through Canada and the United States.
For their afternoon performance the quartet will play Hayden's String Quartet in D Major, Hob. III/79 (Op. 76 No. 5), Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73, and Tchaikovsky's String Quartet in D Major, Op. 11.
In addition to performing works from its classical repertoire, the quartet actively seeks new commissions and has debuted works by Patrick Cardy, Christos Hatzsis and Jonathan Berger.
The members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet are Geoff Nuttall, violin, Barry Shiffman, violin, Lesley Robertson, viola, and Marina Hoover, cello.
The Morrison Artists' Series, a part of the Morrison Chamber Music Center, presents six free performances each year. The Center also supports an instructional program, with members of the Alexander String Quartet, the University's quartet-in-residence, coaching young chamber musicians in the SFSU music program. The Center is funded through a grant from the May Treat Morrison estate.
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