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Morrison Artists’ Series
"St. Lawrence String Quartet" Brings Spirited
Performance to Bay Area Audiences,
September 29 in McKenna Theatre


Ariane Bicho
SFSU College of Creative Arts

(415) 338-1442

(415) 338-0520


Press Release published by the College of Creative Arts and the Office of Public Affairs


SAN FRANCISCO, September 6, 2002 — The Morrison Artists’ Series presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet at 3:00 pm Sunday, September 29 in McKenna Theatre on the San Francisco State University campus. Known as much for its free-spirited casualness as for its intense and electric playing, the ensemble presents a program featuring works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

Founded in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has received critical acclaim worldwide performing in Paris, London, Amsterdam and cities across North America, earning a place at the top of their field. In addition to playing works from the great classical repertoire, the ensemble actively seeks new commissions. Composers including Patrick Cardy, Christos Hatzsis, Osvaldo Golijov, Jonathan Berger, John Hale and R. Murray Schafer have written new works for the quartet.

Bringing Bay Area audiences the world’s finest chamber music since 1952, the Morrison Artists’ Series was created as part of the Morrison Chamber Music Center. The center exists in two parts: the artists’ series or concert program and the instructional program. The Morrison Artists’ Series concert program, under the command of Artistic Director Saul Gropman, presents six free Sunday afternoon performances each year by acclaimed chamber music ensembles in the 700-seat McKenna Theatre on the San Francisco State University campus. The instructional program of the Morrison Chamber Music Center features the Alexander String Quartet, SFSU’s quartet-in-residence, coaching chamber musicians from the university’s School of Music and Dance. In cooperation with San Francisco Performances, the Alexander String Quartet provides educational outreach to aspiring young musicians in local schools and community groups.

Admission and Parking
Admission to the St. Lawrence String Quartet is free. Nearby on-street parking is readily available on weekends. Public parking is also available in Lot 20 on the SFSU Campus, which can be accessed from Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Font Boulevard. Parking in the lot is $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum. For more information, see

In addition to presenting the visual, electronic and performing arts, the College of Creative Arts offers the only academic program primarily devoted to the arts in Northern California. Under the direction of Dean Keith Morrison, an internationally acclaimed faculty directs more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven disciplines: art, cinema, broadcast and electronic communication arts, music, dance, theatre, and design and industry. The College of Creative Arts is part of San Francisco State University, one of the 23 member universities comprising the California State University, the largest system of higher education in the nation. SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university. Applications are available by calling the SFSU Admissions Office at 415/338-1113.

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