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Linden String Quartet plays Schumann & Ravel April 29

April 8, 2011

The Linden String Quartet will give a recital called Light and Dark on Friday, April 29, at 4 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (located at 53 Wall Street, New Haven). The Linden Quartet has won such prestigious competitions as the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Coleman, and it shared first prize in the Hugo Kauder Competition last spring. Currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, the Linden’s members – Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello – study with the Tokyo String Quartet.

This performance will feature Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Robert Schumann’s Quartet in A minor. Debussy wrote to his friend Ravel: “In the name of the gods of music and in my own, do not touch a single note you have written of your Quartet.” Schumann’s first string quartet was part of a burst of chamber works that the newlywed composer wrote in 1842. The Linden Quartet will perform the third movement of the Schumann at the School of Music’s benefit concert for Japan on April 11.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, please visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. This performance is presented by the Yale School of Music and the Whitney Humanities Center.

About the Linden String Quartet

The Linden String Quartet has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality…delivered with a palpable, infectious joy” (Seen and Heard). The Quartet is the gold medalist and grand prize-winner of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Other awards include first prize at the Sixth Hugo Kauder International Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition. The Quartet previously served both as apprentice to the Cavani String Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and as Quartet-in-Residence of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The Quartet has collaborated with guitarist Jason Vieaux, mezzo-soprano Janna Baty, violinist Geoff Nuttall, and pianist Peter Frankl. The ensemble has spent summers at the Norfolk and Emilia-Romagna Music Festivals, the Banff Centre, and the Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival.

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