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Friends of Music announces 2010-11 season lineup

10/04/10 -  


Friends of Music announces 2010-11 concert series at Queens University of Charlotte

Special preview dinners allow concert-goers opportunities for fellowship before each event

Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2010) - The Friends of Music at Queens University of Charlotte is offering a twist this year to make its annual concert series even more enjoyable.  Special preview dinners and lectures will give concert-goers opportunities for fellowship and education before each event.

"We are thrilled to present a diverse lineup of prestigious artists who each bring a unique approach to chamber music for our 27th concert series," said Peter DeVries, president of the Friends of Music.

Concert-goers are invited to purchase tickets to individual performances or for the season at a discount, and add-on admission to special preview dinners and lectures. Tickets are $20 per concert or $60 for the full season. Students of all ages are always admitted free of charge.

Exclusive preview dinners with limited seating will be offered at 6:30 p.m. in Claudia Belk Dining Room before every concert. Tickets include admission to the concerts and cost $55 for each event, or $200 for the entire season. Guests will enjoy food, fellowship and an informative lecture on the evening's music.

The following artist groups will perform in Dana Auditorium in the E.H. Little Fine Arts Center located on the Queens campus during the 2010-11 academic year:

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Saturday, Oct. 9; 8 p.m. concert

With passion, style and musical sophistication borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has successfully established a reputation as one of the world's leading guitar ensembles since its founding in 1986. The quartet has collaborated with flamenco dancer Colette Illarde since 2006, developing two productions with music by great Spanish composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. The quartet are committed educators as well as performers, often teaching and presenting workshops at festivals and universities throughout the United States.

Poulenc Trio

Saturday, Nov. 6; 8 p.m.

Combining brilliant 21st-century vibrancy with the best of European instrumental tradition, the Poulenc Trio's performances leap beyond the ordinary concert experience, transporting audiences into a world of beautiful sonorities, playful rhythms and dramatic excitement. Their precision and versatility heighten the lyricism of Poulenc, the virtuosity of Rossini, the wit of Jean Francaix and the jazzy elegance of Andre Previn. As the best of a select few professional wind trios, the Poulenc Trio is committed to expanding the repertoire through the discovery of old masterpieces and new works.

Red Priest

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011; 8 p.m.

Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given hundreds of sell-out concerts at many of the world's most prestigious festivals. These musicians have redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, performing from memory with swashbuckling virtuosity, heart-on-sleeve emotion and compelling stagecraft.  Their repertoire ranges from obscure 17th century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi, all presented in imaginative programs with cinematically inspired titles: "Priest on the Run," "Nightmare in Venice," "Pirates of the Baroque" and "Johann, I'm Only Dancing!"

Colorado Quartet

Saturday, April 9, 2011; 8 p.m.

The Colorado Quartet has been a ground-breaking ensemble for nearly three decades.  Catapulted onto the scene by back-to-back wins at the Banff International String Quartet and Naumburg competitions, they were the first all-women quartet to attain international stature.  They also are the first female quartet to perform the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle in Europe and North America, and a recording of the cycle will be released this year on the Parnassus label.

For more information on these events, please contact the Friends of Music at Queens at 704-337-2213 or

The mission of the Friends of Music at Queens is to enhance the quality of musical life in the Charlotte metropolitan area by sponsoring professional chamber music concerts at Queens University of Charlotte, educational outreach projects, and by providing support for selected projects of the university's Department of Music. For more information on Friends of Music, please visit

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