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Classical String Quartet to Perform at Marshall Auditorium...

Experience the future of classical music as the Cultural Arts Series presents the acclaimed genre-defying string quartet, Brooklyn Rider. Delight in their technique of enhancing classical music by giving it a modern twist. Their performance is Saturday, February 19 at Marshall Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Adventurous and engaging, Brooklyn Rider introduces new worlds, new sounds, unusual collaborations, as well as fresh insight to the string quartet literature. Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for borderless communication, all of the musicians have enjoyed diverse careers in music that have intersected with each other over many years. Much of their desire to extend the borders of conventional string quartet programming has been through their longstanding participation in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, a group dedicated to exploring the cultural intersections of the peoples along the ancient trade route.

Attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics, the quartet's name is inspired in part by the cross disciplinary vision of Der Blau Reiter (The Blue Rider), a pre World War I Munich-based artistic collective whose members included Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Arnold Schoenberg and Alexander Scriabin. The quartet also draws inspiration from the exploding array of cultures and artistic energy found in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, a place they call home.

Uniquely capable of addressing a wide and inclusive range of music, Brooklyn Rider is as willing to explore the world of Haydn and Debussy as they are in the music of our time. You won't want to miss this quartet's performance. Click on either the CCC website: www.clovis.edu or http://brooklynrider.com/ to hear their music and read more about the artists.

Tickets may be purchased at the CCC Cashiers (769-4035), the Chamber of Commerce (763-3435) or CAFB ITT Office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the performance, pending availability. Please call 769-4956 for additional information.

This performance of the 2010-2011 Cultural Arts Series is presented by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis.