Renowned Cavani String Quartet to Engage Area Youth, Host UT Public Concert

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KNOXVILLE—A renowned all-female string quartet that seeks to make classical music available to non-traditional audiences and underprivileged children will host a concert Friday, March 16, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Ohio-based Cavani String Quartet will perform at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building, Hall 32. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in partnership with the UT School of Music.

The group will be in residency at UT from March 14 to 16 and will hold an “Art of Engagement” workshop for UT students and children in the community.

The quartet will give several workshops for students during their residency, including an event at a local elementary school and with the College of Business Administration, where the group will talk about how music can be used to teach business skills like listening to others, working as a team, conflict resolution, and developing a coherent strategy.

The quartet also will give a presentation and concert for the Joy of Music School students, staff, and families.

The group’s residency will culminate with the March 16 concert.

“To witness the Cavani Quartet at work is a remarkable experience,” said UT music professor Hillary Herndon. “The love and energy that they bring to their performances is contagious.

“The UT School of Music is thrilled to host this remarkable group and hope that they will inspire audience members of all ages during their Knoxville residency.”

Music presented during the performance will extend across the full history of string quartets, from the gold standard set by Franz Joseph Haydn in the 1800s to a modern-day Bartok composition incorporating twentieth-century folk-country music.

Herndon, a violist, and Wesley Baldwin, a UT cello professor, will join the group for the final piece.

Visitor parking will be available at the University Center garage that evening.

For more information about the Cavani String Quartet, visit www.cavani.org.

C O N T A C T :

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lola.alapo@tennessee.edu)

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