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Lamont students to learn from American String Quartet

Students at the Lamont School of Music will get a chance to learn from one of the world’s foremost chamber music groups — the American String Quartet.

The quartet will teach a master class March 22 at 3:30 p.m. at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The class is open to the public.

Richard Slavich, chair of DU’s string and chamber music department, says two or three DU chamber groups will perform for the quartet and then be critiqued in front of the audience.

“The American String Quartet is modeling what our students aspire to,” Slavich says.

The quartet is celebrating its 35th anniversary and has been quartet-in-residence at the Manhattan School of Music since 1984 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1974.

Students will get another opportunity April 4 to experience a master class with the Borromeo String Quartet, which plays more than 100 concerts across three continents each season. 

Slavich explains that in this economic climate, many orchestras are under siege while chamber music is flourishing.

“Chamber music is a much more flexible medium and a positive career track for our students,” he says.

The American String Quartet will perform March 23 at the Newman Center as part of the Friends of Chamber Music presentation.

For more information, visit the Newman Center website.

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