ASU School of Music students premiere works at museum

Composition and string students from the ASU Herberger College School of Music, organized by violin professor Jonathan Swartz, and prepared by the Juilliard String Quartet. Composition students include: Josh Gottry, Tom Peterson, Jack Phillips, Jeremy Jarvis, Alise Martin, Chris Coughlin, Beth Ratay, Douglas Harbin, Brian Sadler and Kevan Aaron Nymeyer.

Perform ten new compositions for string quartet created in response to works in Phoenix Art Museum’s collection of contemporary art. The project is part of the curriculum for the ASU Herberger College School of Music’s Visiting Quartet Residency Program. The school’s composition and string students worked with Visiting Resident Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, to compose the new works.

The world premiere performances of these ten new works comprise the final concert in this year’s Lisa Sette Gallery ASU School of Music Concert Series, offered as part of Phoenix Art Museum’s ongoing music program, “Music at the Museum.” This unique “roving” concert will move from gallery to gallery, so that each composition will be performed in proximity to the work of art in Phoenix Art Museum’s collection that inspired the composer.

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 1 p.m.

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. (Central & McDowell), Phoenix, Arizona.

Students with current valid ASU ID are free. For all others, regular museum general admission applies: $10 adults; $8 senior citizens (65+) and full-time students w/ID; $4 children 6-17; and, free for Museum members and children under age 6.

Jonathan Swartz, violin professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Music, 480.965.3640,; or the Phoenix Art Museum, 602.257.1880.

The School of Music in the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by “U.S.News & World Report.” More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

The classically progressive design of the 203,000 sq. ft. Phoenix Art Museum integrates art and architecture with the South­western landscape, accommodat­ing large traveling exhibitions and a collection of over 17,000 works in American, Asian, modern & con­temporary, European, Latin American and Western American art, and fashion design. The Museum recently opened its $50 million expansion project, designed by renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and includes the addition of a new glass-enclosed lobby and entry plaza, 4-level gallery wing, sculpture garden, expanded store, and significantly increased endowment. To find out more, visit

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Laura Toussaint-Newkirk 
ASU Herberger College of the Arts

Cathy Arnold
Phoenix Art Museum