Guarneri String Quartet to perform at Coe Marquis Series

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2008-11-20 08:28:54 - General

The Guarneri String Quartet including (left to right) Arnold Steinhardt (first violin), John Dalley (second violin), Michael Tree (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello) will perform on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College.

The renowned Guarneri String Quartet will perform as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College, on Friday, Dec. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Formed in 1964, the Guarneri String Quartet has traveled the world numerous times, and performed in some of the most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. According to National Public Radio, the group "is among the most revered and enduring ensembles of its kind in the world."

The performers include Arnold Steinhardt (first violin), John Dalley (second violin), Michael Tree (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello). The group recently announced their retirement following the 2008-09 season. To celebrate, quartet members are touring and performing together as they have done over the past 45 years.

The Guarneri Quartet has been featured on many television and radio specials, documentaries and educational presentations both in North America and abroad. The quartet has also won several international awards for their recordings. As well, the group is the subject of various books including "Quartet" by Helen Drees Ruttencutter and Arnold Steinhardt's "Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony."

The group has won numerous awards including the 2004 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award presented by Chamber Music America and the 2005 Ford Honors Award from the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan.

The Marquis Series at Coe College
The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis, in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.