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Internationally-renowned Tokyo String Quartet stages farewell performance tonight

September 21, 2012

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans is proud to present a special farewell performance of the critically-acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet. The concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that this season will be their last. In their final New Orleans performance, the group’s program will feature Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, The Rider,” Béla Bartók’s “Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2.”

Tickets for the event are $12 for general admission and free for Loyola students, faculty and staff. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing more than 100 concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the ensemble traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by professor Hideo Saito. Instilled with a deep commitment to chamber music, the original members of what would become the Tokyo String Quartet eventually came to America for further study with Robert Mann, Raphael Hillyer and Claus Adam. Soon after its formation, the quartet won first prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world's leading quartets.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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