West Virginia State University and Montclaire String Quartet announce collaboration

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The West Virginia State University (WVSU) College of Arts and Humanities this week announced a new collaboration with the Montclaire String Quartet beginning with the fall 2015 semester.

The quartet, formerly the resident quartet of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO), is now the Quartet in Residence at WVSU.

The Quartet’s first recital at WVSU will occur in the Fannin S. Belcher Theatre of the Davis Fine Arts Building on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. A reception will follow and light refreshments will be served.

The program features chamber music masterworks by Halvorsen, Shostakovich and Dvorak. The Quartet consists of Anton Shelepov, violin I; Cristian Fatu, violin II; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola; and Andrea Di Gregorio, cello, and each member serves as a principle player of their respective section within the WVSO. They will be joined by pianist Victoria Martirosyan-Fatu, assistant professor of music at WVSU, for this performance.

“The addition of the Montclaire String Quartet to the West Virginia State University community is an exciting development in the partnership between WVSU and the WVSO,” said Dr. Scott Woodard, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. “The Montclaire String Quartet represents the finest in culture and music the Kanawha Valley has to offer. The students, faculty and staff of West Virginia State University will now be privileged to have increased access to the cultural enrichment made possible by the inclusion of this ensemble on our campus. We welcome them with open arms.”

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Woodard, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at 304-766-3196 or e-mail swoodar1@wvstateu.edu.

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