Orion String Quartet Presents Concert Oct. 17

Oct. 8, 1996

by Richard Veit

The Orion String Quartet will open the 1996-97 Distinguished Artist Series with a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Roxy Grove Hall at Baylor University.

Hailed for combining the best qualities of both the European and American traditions of quartet playing, the Orion String Quartet serves as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. The group's recent concert appearances have included such music centers of the world as New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, London, Vienna, and Amsterdam.

Its members are violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers, who share the quartet's violin roles equally), violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy. Each is a distinguished teacher and solo artist in his own right. Daniel Phillips is a member of the faculty at the State University of New York (Purchase), Todd Phillips at the Mannes College of Music, Steven Tenenbom at the Hartt School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, and Timothy at the State University of New York (Stony Brook).

Their concert at Baylor will include masterworks of chamber music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahm and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The program will begin with Beethoven's String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4, with Daniel Phillips as first violinist. Then, with Todd Phillips serving as first violinist, the Orion String Quartet will play the Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67, by Brahms.

Following intermission, the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's Quartet in D Major, Op. 11, which features the famous "Andante cantabile" slow movement. Daniel Phillips will return to the first chair for this performance of the Tchaikovsky.

General admission tickets for the Orion String Quartet concert are priced at $10. Students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff will be admitted for $6. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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