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Calidore String Quartet featured in New York Times

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Stony Brook's newest quartet-in-residence, the Calidore String Quartet, is featured in the October 19 New York Times.

The Calidore String Quartet, a chamber music group formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, are artists-in-residence and visiting faculty through the end of the 2015-16 academic year in the department of music. This arrangement was made possible in part through the generous gift of Erwin and Freddie Staller.

The world-renowned Emerson String Quartet has been the university’s quartet-in-residence since 2002, and the Emerson will continue to coach and teach graduate students while mentoring the Calidore Quartet. The Calidore musicians will teach undergraduates and participate in community outreach programs.

The Emerson String Quartet will perform three concerts at the Staller Center during the 2014-15 season, the first on Oct. 24, while the Calidore will perform Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major with Christina Dahl, a faculty pianist, on Nov. 19, followed by additional performances in February and March.

This is an exciting year for the department of music. Harpsichord faculty member (and director of the Baroque Ensemble), Arthur Haas, who won the Thomas Binkley Award "for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble" from Early Music America in 2012, had a notable achievement recognized and lauded by "The American Record Guide."  Haas recorded the entire keyboard oeuvre of Jean Philippe Rameau, over two and a half hours of music.  The reviewer believes that this recording, among many, is the definitive one, concluding "Comparisons are hard to make....  Having listened to [many recordings] again, I have no trouble placing Haas's above them: the readings, in addition to their enviable rhythmic pliancy and tonal beauty, also have an unmatched expressive depth."

Noted conductor Jeffrey Milarsky directed the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra in October (before about a thousand audience members). Milarsky conducts ensembles at Juilliard as well as the Columbia University Orchestra and has guest conducted the American Composers Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, among many others. Following his visit, Milarsky noted, "Let me say that the SB Orchestra is simply miraculous.  Their dedication, virtuosity and most importantly, willingness to explore this intense repertoire, is second to none.  I completely enjoyed our time together and was continually amazed at the musicians willingness to not only explore my requests, but to take the music to the next level.  They performed with such an amazing sense of style and grace...they are incredible."

For more information about future performances through the department of music, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/.

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