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Sept. 11, 2002
 
CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581; artswego@oswego.edu
 
ELEMENTS QUARTET TO PERFORM CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC
OSWEGO -- A contemporary take on chamber music will be on the menu when the Elements Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom at SUNY Oswego.
The performance will be a "smorgasbord of marvelous chamber music," Artswego Program Coordinator Mary Avrakots said. "This quartet features the collective talents of four musicians who are all tremendously talented in their own right." The concert is presented by SUNY Oswego's Artswego and Student Association Program Board.
Elements Quartet is known for a repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn classics to contemporary humorous compositions by John Zorn.
The award-winning ensemble consists of violinists Jeffrey Multer and Evan Mirapaul, violist Danielle Farina and cellist Peter Seidenberg. Their Oswego performance will include "Wondrous the Merge," written specifically for the foursome by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, who has described them as "an important new ensemble."
"It was gutsy playing," was how Carlton Wilkinson of the New Jersey Star-Ledger has assessed the quartet's performance. "It was refined, knowledgeable playing. It was playing to die for."
In reviewing the group's performance at first night of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival earlier this year, Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker said Elements Quartet opened the festival "on such a note of excellence that the only negative I can think of is that the concert may have inadvertently set a standard impossible to sustain during the rest of the two-week festival."
Tickets for the show will cost $12 (or $10 for seniors, students and children; $7 for SUNY Oswego students). Members of the SUNY Oswego chapter of Mu Beta Phi, the national music fraternity, will usher and serve hors d'ouevres as part of an effort to create "a unique chamber music style ambience," Avrakotos said.
There will also be an admission-free "informance" -- featuring music and discussion -- at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. A preview appetizer to the performance will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the "river's end bookstore" in downtown Oswego during the city's final Farmer's Market of the season.
For more information or reservations, call 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
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