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February 03, 2010

Avalon String Quartet to welcome guest cellist Yehuda Hanani Feb. 11

DeKalb, Ill. — Cellist Yehuda Hanani will join Northern Illinois University’s Avalon String Quartet at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building, located at 550 Lucinda Ave. on the NIU campus.

Hanani and the Avalon will play Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, op. 92, Arensky’s Quartet for Violin, Viola and Two Celli, and finish with Beethoven’s beautiful String Quartet in E Minor, op. 59 No. 2.

Members of the Avalon Quartet are Blaise Magniere (first violin, Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin), Marie Wang (second violin), Anthony Devroye (viola) and Cheng-Hou Lee (cello). They teach applied lessons and coach chamber music, and are active in their performance career bringing attention to the NIU School of Music from the concert stage and in other outreach activities.

They annually perform a number of concerts on campus and on a concert series produced by NIU at Symphony Center in Chicago.

The Avalon quartet was founded in 1995 and held residencies at NIU and the Hartt School. Prior to their appointment at NIU in 2007, the Avalon was the faculty quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University-South Bend Raclin School of the Arts for four years.

Hanani has performed with many orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Symphony, collaborating with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson and Vladimir Fedoseyev. He performed at Marlboro, where he studied with Pablo Casals, and at the Aspen Music Festival, where he is a permanent member of the faculty.

Other festival performances have included Chautauqua, Blue Hill, Round Top, Great Lakes, Musicorda, Prades Festival, Finland Festival, Ottawa, Oslo, Australia Chamber Music Festival and Yale at Norfolk.

A champion of contemporary and rarely played cello repertoire, he has had composers write music specifically for him, including a recent premiere of a work by Osvaldo Golijov with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and commissions by Lera Auerbach, John Musto, Bernard Rands and Kenji Bunch. He made the first recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata, which received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination, as well as the Nicholai Maiskovsky sonatas and American works by Lukas Foss and Leo Ornstein.

NIU’s Music Building is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546. Those who are unable to attend can watch a live-stream on the NIU School of Music Web site. Click on “Live HD Webcasts!”

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Media Contact: Anthony Devroye, NIU School of Music
Phone: (815) 753-7141
Email: adevroye@niu.edu