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Fry Street Quartet Hosts Renowned Violist Roger Chase

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Violist Roger Chase performs at USU with the Fry Street Quartet

International artist Roger Chase performs with the Fry Street Quartet at Utah State University Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Caine Performance Hall. He is featured in a second concert Nov. 2 in Salt Lake City with pianist Michiko Otaki.

Utah State University’s Department of Music presents the Fry Street Quartet and a special guest in performance Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., at the Caine Performance Hall on the USU Logan campus. The performance features renowned British violist Roger Chase in collaboration with the Fry Street Quartet.

“The first half of the concert will feature virtuoso works for the viola,” said Bradley Ottesen, professional practice assistant professor in the Caine College of the Arts and violist in the Fry Street Quartet. “It includes Zoltan Kodaly’s transcription of a Bach organ piece ‘Fantasia Chromatica,’ ‘Duo’ by Allesandro Rolla for violin and viola and Paganini’s ‘Sonata per la Gran Viola.’”

Ottesen said Chase will join the Fry Street Quartet in Mozart’s famous String Quintet in C Major, K. 515 for the second half of the performance.

Chase has been a member of many major ensembles, including the Nash Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta and the London Chamber Orchestra. He has been invited to play as principal viola with every major British orchestra and many others in North America and Europe. He has recorded for multiple labels and taught at the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has also been a professor at Oberlin College and currently teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

“Friday’s concert is the opening of a weekend full of events presented by the Utah Viola Society organized around Chase’s visit,” said Ottesen. “Nov.1 is Viola Day!!!! 2014 at the University of Utah featuring a master class by Chase, an exhibition of local instrument makers and performances by the Fry Street Quartet, Utah Symphony principal violist Brant Bayless, the Utah Symphony viola section and students from across the state.”

Ottesen said Chase will give a second recital with pianist Michiko Otaki entitled “The Tertis Project” in Salt Lake City on Nov. 2.

“That program will present works written for the great violist Lionel Tertis, a pioneer of the instrument,” said Ottesen. “Chase performs on the Motagnana viola made famous by Tertis in his recordings. This is an opportunity to hear one of the world’s great instruments and a wonderful example of musical tradition come to life.”

Otaki is director of keyboard studies at Clayton State University and has been a frequent chamber music partner to Roger Chase. She has previously performed at the National Gallery with the Warsaw Wind Quartet and has toured the United States in spring 2014 with the Graffe String Quartet from the Czech Republic. Otaki has also toured and recorded with many other orchestras and chamber ensembles from Central and Eastern Europe.

Tickets for the Fry Street Quartet Oct. 31 Logan performance are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office located in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

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Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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