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Euclid and Degas Quartets to perform June 22

June 7, 2006

Two outstanding string quartets will share the stage at the B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center on Thursday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. Seating for the concert is free, with a freewill offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.

Euclid Quartet

The Euclid Quartet is noted for dynamic contemporary sound, filled with personality and color. The group has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms, in keeping with a commitment to bring the joy of chamber music to young audiences. The highly acclaimed quartet has earned significant recognition at major competitions, recently winning third place at the Osaka (Japan) International Chamber Music Competition, and grand prize at the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets at Yale University. This quartet has also been awarded top prizes at the Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Performing in the Euclid Quartet are Jameson Cooper and Jacob Murphy (violin), Luis Vargas (viola) and Amy Joseph (cello). Their program includes Debussy’s “Quartet in G minor Op.10,” “Anime et tres decide,” “Assez vif et bien rythme,” and “Andantino, doucement expresif.”

The Degas Quartet

The Degas Quartet is another exciting young string ensemble renowned for energetic performances, vibrant intensity and exceptional musicianship. Based in North Carolina, their distinguished concert career has included appearances at Carnegie Hall and performances with esteemed artists including pianist Wu Han, pianist Awadigin Pratt, cellist Steven Doane, and jazz bassist Christian McBride.

Performing in the Degas Quartet are James Dickenson and Tamaki Higashi (violins); Simon Ertz (viola) and Philip Von Maltzahn (cello). Their program includes Mozart’s “Quartet in G major K.387,” “Allegro vivace assai,” “Menuetto:Allegro,” “Andante Cantabile,” and “Molto Allegro.”

Dueling strings will conclude the concert, with a musical competition set up by composer Armando Bayolo.

Bayolo’s double quartet arrangement “Ludi,” was commissioned for the Aspen Music Festival, with the official world premiere taking place there June 27. It sets the quartets in competing positions across the stage from each other, where various “games” arise: “Mosh Pit” (evocative of a rock concert mosh pit); “Mating Ritual”(musically suggestive of the gamesmanship of romantic courtship); and “Endgame” (games of chance with the end left up to the performers and/or the audience). Closing out the double quartet musical games will be “Benediction: All Men Are Brothers,” which expresses the hope for good and just human interaction.

Armando Bayolo’s work has been performed around the world, most notably by the Opera in the Ozarks Festival, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Prime Directive Ensemble, New Music New Haven, the Lee University Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Courage and the Rosseels and Euclid String Quartets.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend a live performance by exceptional multi-national performers (representing Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Japan, Germany, Venezuela and the U.S.) at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium June 22.

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