Avalon String Quartet

April 22, 2011 10:11:54 AM PDT
The award winning Avalon String Quartet is now in its 16th Season. The group is in residence at Northern Illinois University. The American Voices program is this season's third and final concert and features the Chicago Premiere of Aqua. Aqua was written by Harold Meltzer and was inspired by the Aqua Tower in Chicago's skyline.

Concert Information
The American Voices concert takes place at the Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall of the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the American Voices concert are $25 general admission, or $10 for students and seniors with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the 24/7 Ticket Hotline 1-800-838-3006. (RELEASE)

About the Avalon String Quartet
The Avalon String Quartet is made up of Blaise Magnière (violin), Marie Wang (violin), Anthony Devroye (viola) and Cheng Hou-Lee (cello). Formed in 1995 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Avalon String Quartet came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern's Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 1997. As a result, Stern invited the Avalon Quartet to perform in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem and in March 2000 presented the ensemble's Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. The Quartet made its New York debut on the Alexander Schneider Series at the New School in 1998. The Quartet won First Prize, the Channel Classics Prize, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival Prize at the 1999 Concert Artists Guild Competition, which led to the critically acclaimed recording Dawn To Dusk. In 2000 the Quartet won top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany. Dedicated educators, members of the Quartet have taught at the Interlochen Quartet Institute, the Green Lake Music Camp in Wisconsin, the Britten-Pears School in England and the Juilliard School. The Quartet is also dedicated to outreach in various communities, including working with the Center for Abused Children in Hartford and also with the Music for Youth Organization that works with the Bridgeport and Trumbull School Systems.

For more information, please visit www.avalonquartet.com or www.niu.edu/music.