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Linden String Quartet Coming to Western Kentucky
by J.L. Graham Tuesday, 02 March 2010 -

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY - New Performing Arts, in partnership with The Roberta Chumley Fine Arts Fund of the Duncan Cultural Center and the City of Greenville Kentucky, is pleased to bring the Linden String Quartet to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on South Cherry Street in Greenville at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. Greenville’s annual scholarship concert supports the Sarah Scott Hansen Scholarship Fund, providing annual academic scholarships to students at Muhlenberg High School. This concert is free and open to the public, with free will donations to the scholarship fund gratefully accepted. A reception with the artists will follow the program.

The Linden String Quartet, while less than two years old, is taking the chamber music world by storm with its incredible interpretive sensitivity as well as its bold, no-holds-barred approach to music making. Seizing the opportunity to reach this rising young ensemble early in its promising career, New Performing Arts will share the ensemble’s work with recital audiences in Eastern and Central KY as well as in Greenville. The repertoire for their upcoming recital in Greenville will be the Mozart E-flat Major Quartet KV 428; Alban Berg’s String Quartet Op. 3, and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 13, the latter of which they played to such acclaim in the Fischoff Competition in 2009, where they captured the gold medal.

Formed in the spring of 2008 by members of the professional chamber ensemble CityMusic Cleveland, the quartet is comprised of four incredibly talented young players. Both violinists, Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, hail from Canada, where they began their studies early and earned numerous honors, playing now on historic instruments: a Pietro Guarneri (of Mantua) violin of 1682 and a 1721 Guidantus, respectively. Eric Wong, violist, is an equally accomplished violinist and has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerard Schwartz, and Leonard Slatkin. Cellist Felix Umansky has coached with members of the Cleveland, Takacs, and Miro Quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio, and as an ensemble these young players have continued to strengthen their already prodigious talent as individuals.

The Linden String Quartet is dedicated to community outreach and education, and is looking forward to working with New Performing Arts to bring recital and educational programs to Central, Eastern and Western Kentucky during their eight-day tour of the Commonwealth. New Performing Arts, Inc. was founded in Kentucky in 1991 as an experimental project in classical music audience development, education and outreach. Since then, it has become one of the leading providers of high quality fine arts programs – from ballet and theatre to opera and African dance -- to schools and communities throughout Kentucky. New Performing Arts is pleased to be back in Muhlenberg County once again with the finest in performance during the 2009-10 season, and is proud to participate in the work of the Sarah Scott Hansen Scholarship Fund.

For more information about New Performing Arts, the Linden String Quartet and their work in Kentucky, please call Michele J. Wogaman at 1/800-451-0032.

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