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April 7: Award-winning string quartet performs

FREDERICK, Md.— An internationally known string quartet will perform a concert April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

The Aeolus Quartet and guest pianist Noel Lester are the featured artists in Hood’s third annual Phyllis and Ardine Gorden Concert. The program will include string quartets by Haydn and Bartók and a piano quintet by Robert Schumann.

Quartet violinists Nicholas Tavaniand and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has earned prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States. Winners of several international awards, the Quartet has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.

Lester, instructor of piano and concert manager at Hood, has performed in concerts throughout the region. He has made more than 15 CD recordings. He also serves as the artistic director of the Summer Chamber Music Festival and Maryland Concert Opera. Lester has had an active international career and recently returned from his 10th European concert tour.

The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Concert at Hood College was established with a generous gift from Ardine Gorden in memory of his wife, Phyllis, who was a professional violinist. The gift provides for a concert each academic year and during the Summer Chamber Music Festival at Hood.

Previous Gorden artists include the St. Petersburg String Quartet, cellist David Hardy and violist Noah Chaves of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This summer the fund will support a performance by German cellist Katja Zakotnik, and next season will include a recital by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

For further information, contact Lester at 301-696-3429.