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Turtle Island String Quartet to perform at Loyola University on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Loyola press release - November 3, 2000

(New Orleans)óLoyola University New Orleans College of Music and TIAA-CREF present the Turtle Island String Quartet. The concert is set for Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications Music Complex located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

General admission is $15 and student admission is $5. Additional information is available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492.

Since it's 1986 inception in Oakland, California, the Turtle Island String Quartet (TISQ) has been a singular force in the creation of bold new trends in chamber music for strings. Cellist Yo Yo Ma has proclaimed TISQ "to be a unified voice that truly breaks new ground-authentic and passionate-a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today." By Turtle Island's fusing of the classical quartet esthetic with 20th century American popular styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined.

TISQ incorporates folk, bluegrass, swing jazz, be-bop, post-bop, classical Indian forms, funk, R&B, New Age, rock, hip-hop, bossa nova and salsa...a repertoire consisting of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals. The recipe also calls for an adventurous blending of these ingredients to create completely new textures and forms. From their unusual and endemic "re-compositions" of works by the "old masters," to the development of repertory by some of today's cutting edge young composers, to performances and recording with major symphonic ensembles, TISQ promises to be a string quartet for the next century.

This concert is sponsored by a generous grant from TIAA-CREF.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email at wick@loyno.edu.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. The College of Music gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses. Loyola offers the only College of Music within the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world. Visit the College of Music at www.loyno.edu/music.