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The St. Lawrence String Quartet Performs at Richardson Auditorium on November 7, 2013

October 29, 2013

THE ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET PERFORMS AT RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM IN ALEXANDER HALL ON NOVEMBER 7, 2013
PUC Invites String Players To A Late Night Chamber Jam With The Quartet Following The Concert

Princeton University Concerts presents the superb St. Lawrence String Quartet on Thursday, November 7 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  It takes a brainy group indeed to be Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University, which is where the St. Lawrence String Quartet calls home. Its members are as committed to new works by such leading composers of our day as John Adams and Osvaldo Golijov as they are to the established quartet literature of Haydn and the 19th and 20th century giants who followed him.  In fact, among their honors are two Grammy Award nominations for Golijov's Yiddishbbuk. 

Said Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection." In addition to performing quartets by Haydn and Dvorák, they will perform R. Murray Schafer's String Quartet No. 3, in which they may seem more like samurai warriors than string players. A staple of the ensemble's repertoire, Schafer's quartet was described by Mr. Ross as a "spellbinding spectacle, and a hilarious send-up of the emotional infantilism of the ultramodern repertory."  The complete program follows:

HAYDN    String Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
R. MURRAY SCHAFER  String Quartet No. 3
DVORÁK    String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105

Following the concert, we invite string players from the Princeton community to join us for a late night chamber jam!  Bring your string instrument and read a Haydn String Quartet with members of the St. Lawrence Quartet on stage at Richardson Auditorium.  The reading is open to all string players.  To reserve a space call 609-258-2800.

ABOUT THE ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Geoff Nuttall, violin - Scott St. John, violin - Lesley Robertson, viola - Christopher Costanza, cello

Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as a truly world class chamber ensemble. The quartet performs over 120 concerts annually worldwide and calls Stanford University home, where the group is Ensemble in Residence. The SLSQ continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making, through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature as well as the championing of new works by such composers as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Eziquiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger.

The SLSQ is deeply committed to bringing music to less traditional venues outside the classroom or concert hall.  Regardless of the venue, the St. Lawrence players maintain a strong desire to share the wonders of chamber music with their listeners, a characteristic of the foursome that has led them to a more informal performance style than one might expect from chamber musicians. "Play every concert like it's your last; every phrase like it's the most important thing you've ever said," Geoff Nuttall asserts. "Remember that the only reason you're there is to make people cry and sweat and shiver, and give them that incredible sense of creation happening before your eyes. That's the reason we all play. Otherwise there's no point."


For all press inquiries please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu
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LISTING INFORMATION
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8PM

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $45, $35, $20 ($10, $5 for students) available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu or download at princetonuniversityconcerts.org/for-press

LATE NIGHT JAM: Bring your string instrument and read a Haydn String Quartet with members of the St. Lawrence Quartet on stage at Richardson Auditorium.  The reading is open to all string players.  To reserve a space call 609-258-2800.

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Phone:  609-258-6024