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SMU-in-Taos annual concert series to feature Altius Quartet July 19

July 3, 2014

DALLAS (SMU)— The national award-winning Altius Quartet, one of Dallas’ premiere string quartets, will perform traditional and popular selections during the annual Ima Leete Hutchison Concert Series at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in O’Donnell Auditorium at SMU-in-Taos’ Fort Burgwin campus. The concert is free and open to the Taos community.

Altius QuartetThe concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Adagio-Allegro Vivace, Haydn’s Finale: Vivace, Barber’s Adagio for Strings/Molto Adagio and Tchaikovsky’s Allegro Con Brio e Vivace. Popular music selections will be announced from the stage. Guest performers for the evening include violist Stephanie Mientka and celloist Hannah Thomas-Hollands ’14.

“SMU is proud to introduce the talented Altius Quartet to the Taos community,” said Sam Holland, SMU’s director of the Division of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts. “The quartet is an outstanding ensemble whose members strive to make a difference in the world through their music.”

Composed of four former graduate students in the Meadows School’s Division of Music, the quartet served as the first graduate Meadows Ensemble-in-Residence. The group formed in 2011 with the purpose of performing with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a Dallas-based chamber music organization whose members perform free, unorthodox classical concerts. The ensemble currently serves as the resident BtG string quartet. Members include Andrew Giordano ‘13, Andrew Krimm ‘13, Zachary Reaves ‘11 and Joshua Ulrich. Beginning in fall 2014, the quartet will be the graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they will be mentored by and serve as teaching assistants for the world-renowned Takács Quartet.

“SMU has made a major commitment to chamber music in the last few years,” said Holland. “Chamber music improves overall musicianship in countless ways and opens pathways to creative and entrepreneurial careers for our graduates. By winning the Plowman and Coltman chamber music competitions, and placing second in the International Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the superb, young Altius Quartet has done as much or more than any other musical group in recent memory to put music at SMU on the national map.”

The Ima Leete Hutchison Concert is featured each year at Fort Burgwin during the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, two and a half days of short courses that explore the unique cultural richness, scientific contributions and recreational opportunities of Northern New Mexico. The concert series is made possible by an endowment established in 1989 by William and Patsy Hutchison in honor of his mother.

SMU-in-Taos is located approximately 10 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, in the heart of the Carson National Forest. The Fort Burgwin campus has been an educational center of Southern Methodist University since 1973. A map and directions to the campus are available at www.smu.edu/AboutSMU/Maps/SMU-in-Taos. For more information call 575-758-8322.


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