College to host residency with acclaimed Miro Quartet

Miro QuartetThe Miro Quartet will wrap up SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series with a campus and community residency from April 9 to 11, with events in Oswego, Seneca Hill and Pulaski.

The residency will culminate with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Waterman Theatre.

The group is familiar with making connections with students, having formed in fall 1995 in Oberlin College. The quartet consists of violinists Daniel Ching and Sandy Yamamoto, John Largess on viola and Joshua Gindele on cello.

Performing and offering residencies on campus are a rewarding part of their work, Ching said.

“College audiences are not biased about what they hear,” he explained. “They go in with an open mind . . . at the same time, that open mind challenges us to give them something interesting to listen to. If it’s not engaging enough, they’ll tune out or let us know . . . or both!”

On campus, the group will present “Backstage with Miro Quartet” in Tyler Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m. April 9. They will speak to Linda Loomis’ journalism class at 2:20 p.m. April 10 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

Members of the group will perform selections and answer audience questions at an informance during the April 11 College Hour at 12:40 p.m. in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

“College audiences tend to be more open to new and experimental repertoire,” Largess said. “It is always fun to introduce them to new crazy pieces for our ensemble.”

The visit will also include a pair of presentations around Oswego County. The Miro Quartet will provide an informance at 2 p.m. April 9 at Springside at Seneca Hill. A similar session where they play pieces and discuss their work will take place at the Pulaski Congregational Church at 10 a.m. April 10.

All of the Miro Quartet’s informal residency appearances are admission-free and open to the public.

The performance and residency activities are organized by SUNY Oswego and made possible with support from Chamber Music America through a 2006-07 Residency Partnership Program Grant. Funding has been provided by the JPMorgan Chase Residency Re-Grant Program, a program of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund.

Rob Auler of SUNY Oswego’s music faculty will host the full-length April 11 evening concert and will perform with the quartet.

Tickets to Ke-Nekt concert on April 11 cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For more information or reservations for the concert, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or”>

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PHOTO CAPTION: Reaching out—The acclaimed Miro Quartet will have a three-day residency at SUNY Oswego and in the community from April 9 to 11.The quartet consists of, from left, Daniel Ching on violin, John Largess on viola, Sandy Yamamoto on violin and Joshua Gindele on cello. [Photo credit: Christian Steiner]

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(Posted: Mar 21, 2007)