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Visiting Quartet Residency Program begins third season

The Brentano String Quartet joins the ASU Herberger College School of Music's Visiting Quartet Residency program during the 2007-08 season. Photo by Christian Steiner, courtesy Herberger College of the Arts.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

May 10, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. – The ASU Herberger College School of Music is honored to welcome The Brentano String Quartet as part of its Visiting Quartet Residency program during the 2007-08 season. The program is the first of its kind to combine a chamber music education with world-renowned artists and community engagement. A different professional string quartet serves as distinguished artist teachers at ASU each year and intensively works with students on themed projects.

“The chamber music curriculum concentrates on each quartet's strengths and interests,” says Jonathan Swartz, artistic director of the program and violin professor in the School of Music. "Students are exposed to and learn from many different artists who are the best in the business.”

Students benefit from the relationships they build with the quartet members during a series of demonstrations, master classes, lectures, open rehearsals and performances over the course of an academic year. Most instructional activities and all concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts featuring The Brentano String Quartet are scheduled Nov. 1, Feb. 8 and April 9.

The Brentano String Quartet is comprised of Mark Steinberg, (violin); Serena Canin, (violin); Misha Amory, (viola); and Nina Lee, (cello). During the 2005-06 season, the St. Lawrence String Quartet inaugurated the Visiting Quartet Residency Program and was followed by the Juilliard String Quartet in the 2006-07 season.

Tickets are required for free concerts and each patron is allowed up to four tickets. Tickets for the Nov. 1 concert are available Oct. 10; Feb. 8 concert tickets are available Jan. 16 and April 9 concert tickets are available March 19. Unclaimed tickets are released five minutes prior to curtain. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall in the School of Music building, 40 E. Gammage Parkway, on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information on the Visiting Quartet Residency Program, visit:

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