ASQ to perform classical music’s ‘Triple Crown’

The Arianna String Quartet at UMSL includes, from left, violinist John McGrosso, violinist David Gillham, violist Joanna Mendoza and cellist Kurt Baldwin.

The Arianna String Quartet, the resident quartet at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, will conclude its 2009-10 season with “Triple Crown.” The concert will begin at 8 p.m. April 9 in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. Tickets are $18 to $20.

The quartet will devote the concert to a trio of works that represent the crowning achievements by three of classical music’s greatest composers: Quartet in Eb Major, K. 428 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet No. 4 by Bela Bartok and Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann. The quintet will feature guest pianist Chiharu Iinuma.

The Arianna String Quartet includes John McGrosso, violin; David Gillham, violin; Joanna Mendoza, viola; and Kurt Baldwin, cello.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “It’s a joy to hear the ASQ: Each musician is excellent alone, but the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts. They breathe together, they listen to each other and they’re generous with one another.”

The Touhill is at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Blvd. in St. Louis, Mo. 63121. “Triple Crown” is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UMSL and Centene Corporation.

Visit to read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch review of the most recent Arianna String Quartet concert at the Touhill.

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