Montclaire String Quartet to Perform at WSCC

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MARIETTA, Ohio (October 5, 2016)—The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College (WSCC) in collaboration with the Schwendeman Agency, Inc. announce an upcoming performance by the Montclaire String Quartet.

The performance will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Auditorium on the campus of Washington State Community College.

The Montclaire String Quartet is in its 27th season as West Virginia's premier string quartet. They are previous prizewinners of the Evian International String Quartet Competition, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Currently the Resident String Quartet of West Virginia State University, they have previously held positions as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and the West Virginia Symphony. For many summers Montclaire was featured as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Due to the quartet's many accomplishments and accolades, including the Mayor's Award for Outstanding Organization given by the Fund for the Arts, the Montclaire String Quartet has performed its way to a special place in the hearts of music lovers in West Virginia's Kanawha Valley.

Montclaire String Quartet has always been committed to performing contemporary works for their audiences. As part of a consortium of four chamber ensembles, the Quartet was awarded a grant to commission a piece by composer Morton Subotnik that was premiered in the 1998-99 season. The Quartet was also invited to perform and subsequently record Katherine Hoover's piano quintet, "Da Pacem", which has been released on the Koch Classics label. This led to a second successful recital on the Terrace Theater Series at Washington's Kennedy Center.

In the 2008-2009 season the quartet, in conjunction with the West Virginia Symphony, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to present works by American composers. This led to a series of highly successful state-wide programs featuring the works of Darol Anger among others.

The quartet gave the world premiere of West Virginia composer David Williams's "String Quartet No. 1", as well as a presentation of "Black Angels" by West Virginia composer George Crumb. In 2014 the Montclaire String Quartet gave premieres of two string quartets; "String Quartet No. 3" by Dr. John Beall, Professor of Composition and Composer-in-Residence at West Virginia University, and "Octagons: for Clarinet and Strings" by Grant Cooper, conductor/music director of the West Virginia Symphony.

In the 2016-17 season, Montclaire will be performing the World Premiere of a string quartet composed specifically for them by Charleston, West Virginia composer Matt Jackfert of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Current members are Anton Shelepov and Cristian Fatu, violin; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola; Andrea Di Gregorio, cello.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. More information about the Series and the Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 season is available at 740.885.5687 or evergreenseries@wscc.edu.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community's future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth. Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.

The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series was established in 1998 to bring free and low-cost educational, cultural and entertainment programming to the community. Events are made possible in part by financial gifts to the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Fund at the Washington State Community College Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.wsccfoundation.org or call 740.568.1940.

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