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The Dover String Quartet Gives Sold-Out Performance April 21 on the Alumni Recital Series

Program includes quartets by Schubert, Hindemith, and Mendelssohn's Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major with Curtis President Roberto Díaz, viola

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(March 22, 2013) The internationally acclaimed Dover String Quartet performs on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in a sold-out concert on the Curtis Alumni Recital Series. Praised by The Strad for their "exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble," the Dover String Quartet (formerly the Old City String Quartet) brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own.

The program includes quartets by Schubert and Hindemith, and Curtis President and renowned violist Roberto Díaz joins the group for Mendelssohn's Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major. The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, and tickets are sold out. Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students.

Drawing from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri quartets, the ensemble was formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since then, the Dover String Quartet was named Gold Medalist and Grand Prize winner of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was awarded Second Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Continuing its close relationship with Curtis, the Dover String Quartet performs throughout Europe as part of Curtis On Tour in Spring 2013. The schedule includes performances in Germany, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom alongside Curtis President Roberto Díaz. With more than 25 destinations on three continents, Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences around the globe.

The Dover String Quartet has won prizes at the London International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in the Artosphere, La Jolla Summerfest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music festivals, among others. The quartet has recently performed for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, People's Symphony, Schneider concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music.

Members of the quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world's finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and BBC Concert Orchestra. The group's recording of the Mendelssohn and Debussy quartets (Unipheye Music) was awarded the Blue Moon Award by the highly respected audiophile website The album's review by David Kan proclaimed that "…the maturity in these interpretations is phenomenal and disproportionate to the age [of the group]."

The ensemble worked intensively at the Curtis Institute of Music with such renowned chamber musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Peter Wiley; and is currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas.

The Alumni Recital Series brings Curtis graduates from around the world back to Field Concert Hall. Performers are leaders in their field, whose success as musicians in the 21st-century continues the impact and legacy of Curtis music-making achieved over more than eight decades. Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

Alumni Recital Series: Dover String Quartet
Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. *SOLD OUT*
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Bryan A. Lee, violin ('11)
Joel Link, violin ('11)
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola ('10, '11)
Camden Shaw, cello ('10, '11)
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)

SCHUBERT Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D.173
HINDEMITH Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op.16
MENDELSSOHN Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87



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