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Award-winning St. Petersburg String Quartet performs concert

Friday, January 25, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—One of the world's most esteemed chamber ensembles will perform a concert Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

The St. Petersburg String Quartet is the featured ensemble for the first Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert. The program will include "Jewish Songs" by Tsintsadze, Shostakovich's Quartet No. 3 and Dvorak's "'American' Quartet."

The award-winning quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City, and worldwide at hundreds of prestigious music festivals and series, museums, galleries and universities. The group has been honored with a Grammy nomination; first prizes at the All-Soviet Union String Quartet Competition, the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition; and the best record award in Stereo Review and Gramophone.

Founded in 1985 as the Leningrad String Quartet, the group launched the St. Petersburg International Music Academy in 2009, an intensive summer program for students held on various campuses and at festivals in the U.S. and in Mexico.

The Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert at Hood is funded through a generous gift from Ardine Gorden, a resident of Frederick, whose wife, Phyllis, was a professional violinist. Gorden also supports a number of applied music scholarships at Hood, as well as three annual music prizes.

The concert is free and Brodbeck Music Hall is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call 301-696-3429.