World-Class Chamber Ensemble

February 23rd, 2006 by Adam

Performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) have been described as scintillating, spontaneous and electric. Area patrons can add their own accolades as the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University presents the renowned quartet in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the Smith Recital Hall.

quartet photoGeoff Nuttall, violin; Barry Shiffman, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola and Christopher Costanza, cello have performed more than 100 concerts annually, and have performed together more than 1,500 times since their founding in Canada in 1989. Since 1998, the SLSQ has been ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University, and is now recognized as one of the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, performing throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The 2006 season includes a performance of music by Golijov and Schubert at New York’s Lincoln Center, performances in Boston and Palm Beach with pianist Menahem Pressler, and appearances across the U.S. They will visit Europe in November with concerts in Holland, Germany and Switzerland, and in July for festivals in France and Germany. The season concludes with a 20-concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. Information about the quartet is available online at

The concert program at Plymouth State University will include String Quartet in D major, KV 575 by Mozart; String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Shostakovich and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1 by Robert Schumann.

Alex Ross of The New Yorker writes, “the St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.”

Tickets for the concert are $20-$12 at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS or online at Box office hours are Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. and one hour prior to performances.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.