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Performing Arts Center presents St. Lawrence String Quartet

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Members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet are (from left) Christopher Costanza

Athens, Ga. – The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the St. Lawrence String Quartet on April 4 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The award-winning chamber ensemble will perform a program featuring string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven and a new work by Osvaldo Golijov titled Kohelet, which was commissioned for SLSQ by Carnegie Hall.

Formed in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet won the Banff International String Quartet Competition and three years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, establishing itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation.

The members of SLSQ state that their mission is to “…bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork and great respect to the composer.” The Quartet performs more than 120 concerts annually throughout the world and since 1998, has held the position of Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University.
Violist Lesley Robertson is a founding member of the group and hails from Edmonton Alberta. Cellist Christopher Costanza is from Utica, N.Y. and joined the Quartet in 2003. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John both grew up in London, Ontario; Nuttall is a founding member and St. John joined in 2006. Depending on concert repertoire, the two alternate the role of first violin.

In concert, the foursome regularly delivers traditional quartet repertoire but also is committed to performing and expanding the works of living composers. Alex Ross of The New Yorker magazine writes, “…the St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.”

The St. Lawrence String Quartet’s Athens concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, which is heard by more than 1.3 million listeners across the country.

Tickets for the concert are $37 with special discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497.

The underwriter for this performance is the Franklin Chamber Music Society.