CSQ brings "Kitchen Ceilidh" to Brunton

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String Quartet gets their fiddle on

Mount Allison welcomes the Cecilia String Quartet to Sackville in the second concert of the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series.

The Cecilia String Quartet (from left) Sarah Nematallah, Rachel Desoer, Min-Jeong Koh and Caitlin Boyle will perform at Brunton Auditorium in Sackville on Nov. 2.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison welcomes the Cecilia String Quartet to Sackville in the second concert of the 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series.

The members of this award-winning ensemble – Min-Jeong Koh (first violin), Sarah Nematallah (second violin), Caitlin Boyle (viola), and Rachel Desoer (cello) – will perform in Brunton Auditorium (134 Main St.) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, as part of a Debut Atlantic Tour of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The recital will be recorded by Radio-Canada’s music network, Espace musique.

Performances by the Cecilia String Quartet have been lauded as “pure excitement” (Musical Toronto).

First-prize winners at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the quartet members have toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Their concerts have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks. As recording artists, they have released two CDs on the Analekta label. Highly committed to teaching and outreach, the quartet has presented educational programs for elementary and high schools across Canada, the USA, Italy, and France.

The CSQ is currently Ensemble in Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

In their Sackville concert, the Cecilia String Quartet will perform works from the classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire, including String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 in D Major (Haydn), String Quartet Op. 44, No. 2 in E Minor (Mendelssohn), and Langsamer Satz (Webern).

A concert highlight is "Kitchen Ceilidh," a new work by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte, which fuses contemporary classical writing with traditional fiddle styles in a tribute to the well-loved Maritime “kitchen party.”

The Mount Allison Performing Arts Series continues this fall with the wildly popular a cappella vocal group Cadence, presenting the annual J.E.A. Crake concert. The winter term kicks off with Winnipeg taiko ensemble Fubuki Daiko, followed by the unique piano-accordion-percussion collaboration of Diorama, and ending with the virtuosic recorder quartet Flûte Alors!

Tickets for the Cecilia String Quartet are available at the Mount Allison Bookstore (62 York St., lower level) and at the door.

Complimentary youth tickets (for ages four to 18) are available as part of the “Bring a Child Free” program.

To order tickets, or receive additional information, call (506) 364-2662 or email performarts@mta.ca. Visit the Performing Arts Series website at www.mta.ca/departments/PerformingArts/.

Organizations: Mount Allison Performing Arts Series, Radio-Canada, University of Toronto Mount Allison Bookstore

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Toronto Canada USA Italy France Winnipeg

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