Music Yellow Springs concert
Quartet returns to town
By Ken Champney
Seventeen years ago, the Artis String Quartet from Vienna, Austria, came
to town and carried off first prize in the first Yellow Springs international
chamber music competition.
The same four musicians will return to town on Sunday, Nov. 3, to perform
in the second concert of the current Chamber Music Yellow Springs series.
Since their triumph here in 1985, the Artis Quartet has earned a reputation
as one of the worlds finest, frequently appearing in European festivals
and recording more than 20 CDs, one of which won the Grand Prix
International du Disque.
They approach a piece of music by first trying to understand the composers
view, then playing it precisely while emphasizing a sensual tone. The
Artis Quartet champions contemporary music but feels it is often played
Their program here includes W.A. Mozarts Quartet in B-flat major,
K. 589 (1790); Johannes Brahmss Quartet in A minor (1873); and a
new work by Tania Gabriella French, Quartet No. 2, Communications
The Mozart and the Brahms are staples of the classical repertoire. French
(born 1963 in Alexandria, Va.) employs a mellifluous blend of romantic
and contemporary sounds. You can get a taste of whats to come by
visiting her Web site, www.musicdreaming.com.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 314
Xenia Avenue. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets
can be purchased in advance at The Emporium or reserved by leaving a message
A CMYS 20th anniversary celebration will precede the concert, starting
at 6 p.m., with appetizers and desserts at no charge.