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Emerson String Quartet returns for free concert

MIDDLEBURY-Considered by numerous critics to be America's finest quartet, the Emerson String Quartet will return to Middlebury College on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. for a free performance in Mead Chapel. This is the ensemble's 31st Middlebury program, and its selections will include New Englander Charles Ives's first quartet as well as quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

The concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, established by the late Dr. F. William Sunderman of Philadelphia. Mead Chapel is located on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125).

Acclaimed for its insightful performances, dynamic artistry and technical mastery, the quartet has amassed an impressive list of achievements: a brilliant series of recordings exclusively documented by Deutsche Grammophon since 1987; eight Grammy Awards including two for "Best Classical Album," an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group; three Gramophone Magazine Awards, and performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven, Bart k and Shostakovich quartets in major concert halls throughout the world.

The group has close ties to Middlebury College. In 1995, Middlebury awarded each member an honorary doctoral degree. In 1992, they helped inaugurate the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at its gala opening. And their first campus concert was also in Mead in 1981.

The Emerson String Quartet has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Elle, Bon App tit, Gramophone, The Strad and Strings. Television appearances include PBS's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," WNET's "City Arts," and A&E's "Biography of Beethoven" and "Breakfast with the Arts."

The Emerson String Quartet concert is free, and no tickets or reservations are necessary. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Mead Chapel is located on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). For more information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 443-6433 or www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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