The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so excited to announce that the acclaimed Artaria String Quartet will be performing a special free 50- minute musical concert for families on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:15pm in the Recital Hall at MCA’s home the Valencia Arts Center.

The concert titled ‘Song & Dance’ will invite community members of all ages will watch the quartet transform into a group of singers for everything from hymnals to lieder to lullabies. Melodies spun as song are beautifully showcased in movements by Ives, Mendelssohn and Gershwin. And when one sings, one must dance! Beethoven and Haydn will offer spirited interpretations of dance that will leave you wanting to join in!

About the Quartet: Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the Artaria String Quartet as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet”. Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.

Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA.

Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach. Directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School, a premiere weekly string chamber music program in Saint Paul; and Stringwood Chamber Music Festival, featuring the ASQ and renowned guest artists every June in Lanesboro, MN; they are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.

Thanks to a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant provided to Artaria, this event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, seating is first come, first serve.

Interested in Music? Don’t miss MCA’s Music Division Concert on Feb. 26th or Pajama Jazzboree on March 14th.