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Muir String Quartet to perform Valentine’s Day concert, Feb. 14


The Muir String Quartet
The Muir String Quartet, now in its 32nd season, returns to Rhode Island College for the first of two shows this season – a Valentine’s Day-inspired performance on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The program features Romantic composer Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No.2, a composition that he nicknamed “Intimate Letters.” The piece was inspired by Janacek’s friendship with Kamila Stosslova, a married woman 38 years his junior. They wrote over 700 letters to each other over the last 10 years of Janacek’s life.

The program also features Dvorak’s String Quartet No.10 in E–fl at Major, Op. 51, and Haydn’s String Quartet No.57 in C Major, Op.74, No. 1.

Muir has distinguished itself with “unbridled musicality” (American Record Guide), and the “interpretive polish to rival the best in the world,” (New York Times).

The quartet has been in residence at Boston University since 1983, and is currently the resident chamber ensemble at the Deer Valley Festival, where its members run the Emerging Quartets and Composers residency along with composer Joan Tower.

Muir will return to RIC on March 28 with guest Lucy Shelton, soprano.

Tickets for the Muir String Quartet are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before performance start time.