Artaria String Quartet brings family-friendly concert to MCA


The highly acclaimed Artaria String Quartet will perform a free 50-minute musical concert for individuals and families on Thursday, March 23, at 4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ (MCA) home, the Valéncia Arts Center.

Founded in Boston, Mass., Artaria has been based in Minnesota since 2001. The concert, titled Song & Dance, is perfect for community members of all ages. Movements ranging from hymnals to lullabies include works by Ives, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin. Beethoven and Haydn will offer spirited interpretations of dance that will leave audience members wanting to dance.

Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the Artaria String Quartet as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet.” Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.

Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals throughout the world.

Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach.

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant provided to Artaria, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Space is limited and seating is first come, first serve.


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