Saturday, February 10, 2007

A 'Quartet For The New Millennium' At Norman James Theatre, February 21

Chestertown, MD, February 9, 2007 — Cuarteto Casals, an up-and-coming Spain-based string quartet attracting international attention, will perform at Washington College's Norman James Theatre on Wednesday, February 21, at 8 p.m.

Since its founding in Madrid in 1997, the Cuarteto Casals has been recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished young string quartets. "Here is a quartet for the new millenium if ever I heard one," enthused Tully Potter in The Strad magazine.

This violin/ viola/ cello foursome has garnered extensive critical acclaim and has won top prizes at many international competitions, including First Prize at the 2000 London International String Quartet Competition and First Prize at the Johannes Brahms International String Quartet Competition in Hamburg (2002). In September 2000, the ensemble was honored with the Catalonian Music Critics Prize.

Upcoming and recent activities include performances at the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Lincoln Center (New York), Beethovenhaus (Bonn), Philharmonie (Berlin), Library of Congress (Washington), Konzerthaus (Wien), Weill Reciatal Hall (New York), Philharmonie (Cologne), and tours throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Japan.

Last September the Cuarteto Casals released a three-disc CD set of the complete early quartets and divertimenti of Mozart—the group's third commerical recording for the prestigious Harmonia Mundi label. Cuarteto Casals is heard frequently on NPR and the BBC, and is a fixture on the Continental European classical radio and TV-concert scene.

Norman James Theatre is located in William Smith Hall. Reservations are strongly recommended for the February 21 performance, presented as part of the Washington College 2006-2007 concert series. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students and youth 18 and under. For tickets and more information, call 410-778-7839.

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