Shanghai Quartet to perform March 31
March 9, 2009
The final performance of this year’s inaugural Callaway Concert Series
takes place March 31 when LaGrange College welcomes the internationally
acclaimed group The Shanghai Quartet to Callaway Auditorium.
“This is a great way to close out the series,”
said Toni Anderson, Chair of the College’s Music Department. “The
Shanghai Quartet has played some of the world’s great venues, and it’s a
special treat to have them come to LaGrange and perform at Callaway
Originally formed in Shanghai, the ensemble is
known for its passionate musicality, virtuosic technique and
multicultural innovation. The string quartet blends the delicacy of
Eastern music with the power of Western repertoire, from traditional
Chinese folk music to the most challenging classical works.
The quartet has appeared frequently at New
York’s Carnegie Hall and also performed the soundtrack for Woody Allen’s
2005 film “Melinda and Melinda.”
The Callaway Concert Series
kicked off in November when classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco paid a
visit to LaGrange. Last month The Empire Brass performed.
The new series was made possible thanks to a
gift from Callaway Foundation, Inc. Anderson said the idea behind the
concerts was “to expose our students to a variety of professional
talents” and to “give those in the community the opportunity to enjoy