Grammy-Nominated Fine Arts Quartet to Perform Teach at North Park

Fine Arts Quartet

CHICAGO (January 2008) - "Edge-of-the-seat playing marked by probing insights . . ." says Fanfare Magazine of the Fine Arts Quartet, scheduled to perform at North Park University on Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 27th season of Chamber Music at North Park. The San Francisco Chronicle says theirs is "As fine a string quartet sound as can be heard from an American group today."

Founded in Chicago in 1946, the Fine Arts Quartet is one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. The quartet's current members (Ralph Evans, violin; Efim Boico, violin; Yuri Gandelsman, viola; and Wolfgang Laufer, cello) are artists-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and are among the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally.

The group's complete Schumann Quartets CD on Naxos was voted onto the 50th Grammy Awards Entry List (2008) in two categories: Best Classical Album and Best Chamber Music Performance. For more information, please visit www.fineartsquartet.org.

String quartets of Haydn, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky are featured on the February 22 program at North Park. The Fine Arts Quartet also will lead a master class – open to the public and especially Chicago-area music students – on Thursday, February 21, at 2:30 p.m.

All Chamber Music at North Park events are held in North Park University's Anderson Chapel and open to the public. Tickets are $25 for performances ($15 for seniors 62 years and older, and students) and $10 for master classes. For more information and ticket reservations, call the School of Music at (773) 244-5625.

Master Classes & Lectures The 27th season of Chamber Music at North Park welcomes music students and members of the public to the campus of North Park University for a series of concerts and — new this year — performer-lead lectures and master classes. "Top-tier tutorials are a great way to welcome music students from other universities to North Park and the School of Music," explains Karen Dickelman, manager of the series. "They also allow chamber music fans to learn from some of the most accomplished performers in the world." Classes and lectures will run approximately two hours and will give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with performers.

Upcoming Events Heralding a Chicago a cappella performance of Songs for Lovers (And Those Who Wish They Were), the Chicago Sun-Times said, "The singers, as always, brought fire to the stage and had us laughing and even tearful…" A true treasure, Chicago a cappella's programs enlighten and entertain audiences with repertoire from the ninth to the 21st century, with special focus on music written in the present generation. The group’s performance at North Park will feature newly commissioned work by Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs, Rollo Dilworth. • Master Class: Vocal Performance & Vocal Ensemble, Thursday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. • Performance: Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.