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Fry Street Quartet performs Nov. 7 in the Performance Hall at USU

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203, whitney.schulte@usu.edu

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500, denise.albiston@usu.edu


Fry Street Quartet performs Nov. 7 in the Performance Hall at USU Schubert, Britten and Beethoven on Tap


LOGAN — Utah State University’s Department of Music presents the Fry Street Quartet in concert Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall on the USU Logan campus. The music of Schubert, Britten and Beethoven will be performed.


“We thought the works from these composers formed a beautifully balanced program,” said Rebecca McFaul, violinist for the Fry Street Quartet and professor at the Caine College of the Arts (CCA).


The Schubert is only one movement, from a quartet that Schubert never finished.


“All we have is one glorious movement, full of the lyricism and lovely textures that one associates with Franz Schubert’s music,” said McFaul.


The Britten piece is a string quartet in four movements that was written in 1941 when Britten had moved to the United States to escape the war in Europe.


“One can hear American influences in the writing, but more importantly, it’s a thrilling work with enormous dimension and masterful construction,” said McFaul.


The Fry Street Quartet performance concludes with a piece from Beethoven, “Op. 59, No. 1.”


“The large scope and soaring lines will offer a brilliant and virtuosic finish to the evening,” said McFaul.


The Fry Street Quartet members believe that great chamber music can reach anyone who is open to letting it in.


“While there can be a sense that it’s only for connoisseurs, that is a misconception,” said McFaul. “Like any great art form, the more one invests, the more one can glean, but coming with openness is really all that’s required.”


McFaul thinks that many first-time listeners are able to have a profound experience because the music is so powerful.


“The intimate setting of the Performance Hall has everyone feeling close and involved, which makes it a perfect place to give the art form a try,” said McFaul.


Tickets for the performance are $15 adults, $10 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website (arts.usu.edu).



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