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Fry Street Quartet Shares the Stage with Madeline Adkins and Jason Hardink

Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

USU's Fry Street Quartet

USU's Fry Street Quartet

The Fry Street Quartet (FSQ), Utah State University’s string quartet in residence, will perform with two guest artists Tuesday, Nov. 14—Jason Hardink and Madeline Adkins. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on the Logan campus.

Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing as associate concertmaster. A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in 16 U.S. states, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Hardink is the artistic director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series and principal symphony keyboard of the Utah Symphony. Hardink recently collaborated in recital with violinist Nicola Benedetti, violinist Phillip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet and world-renowned soprano Celena Shafer. He has appeared in chamber music series all over the U.S.

“The USU string program is thrilled to host Madeline Adkins and Jason Hardink in recital,” Anne Francis Bayless, cellist in the FSQ and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts, said. “Madeline is simply a phenomenal violinist and we are so fortunate to have her in Utah. One of the things that makes Logan such an amazing community is its thriving arts scene and it is only fitting that we should host her first Utah recital in the incredible Caine Performance Hall.”

The concert is a wonderfully eclectic program that includes works by Mozart and Brahms, as well as Road Movies, a sonata by lauded American composer John Adams. The second half of the program features the stunning concerto for violin, string quartet and piano by Chausson, which is not often performed.

“We’ve already had one performance of the Chausson on the NOVA series in Salt Lake and we are very pleased to present it to our ‘hometown’ audience as well,” Francis Bayless said. “It’s exciting to feature Jason Hardink in recital again—he has performed a lot in Logan in recent years, including a solo recital just last month, so our audience is very familiar with him!”

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall on November 14. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors/youth, $5 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or go online to

Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte,, 435-797-9203

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