Cavani String Quartet
Cavani String Quartet

UTSA hosts free concert by Cavani String Quartet

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(April 21, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Music and the San Antonio Chamber Music Society will present the Cavani String Quartet performing a free, one-and-a-half hour concert at 10 a.m., Monday, April 24 in the Arts Building Recital Hall at the UTSA 1604 Campus. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation extended to students at UTSA and in the San Antonio area.

The Cavani String Quartet includes violinists Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violist Kirsten Docter and cellist Merry Peckham. For more than two decades the Cleveland-based quartet has been a leader in introducing string music to audiences of all ages.

Formed in 1984, the Cavani Quartet is named after the 19th century violinmakers Giovanni and Vincenzo Cavani. The group plays regularly in major series and festivals throughout North America and Europe, and collaborates with artists across disciplines uniting poetry, painting, theater and dance with the string quartet medium.

The quartet was described by the Washington Post as "completely engrossing, powerful and elegant." In addition to the Naumburg Award, the Cavani Quartet has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Coleman, Fischoff, Banff International and Cleveland Quartet Competition.

The Austin American-Statesman wrote of their Bartók quartet cycle, "As a group, the quartet played as one, forcefully, confidently, yet passionately. Its full, brightly illuminated sound complemented solo playing as well, without sacrificing each player's individuality."

The quartet's appearances include the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Ambassador Series in Los Angeles, Muziekcentrum De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam and Festival de L'Epau in France.

They have been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and seen on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS television. Collaborations with distinguished artists include Itzhak Perlman, Michela Petri, Anton Nel, Benita Valente and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland and Emerson string quartets.

The Cavani Quartet makes its home in Cleveland, Ohio, where they have been quartet-in-residence at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988. At the institute, the quartet has developed the Apprentice Quartet Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar and New Quartet Project for students devoted to the study of chamber music.

Nationally recognized as pioneers in arts-in-education, the quartet is sought after by universities and communities for their ability to cultivate community partnerships. The group has developed creative outreach programs for a variety of settings and for audiences of all ages including a series of children's concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

For more information, contact the UTSA Department of Music at (210) 458-4354 or the San Antonio Chamber Music Society at (210) 408-1558.

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