Event of U.Va.s African-American Heritage Month
String Quartet Brings 3-Days Of Music Into Charlottesville Classrooms,
Closing With Free Concert At U.Va.
February 26, 2002-- The Marian
Anderson String Quartet will offer the final events of the University
of Virginias 2002 African-American Heritage Month program.
Marian Anderson Quartet tries "to do for classical music what Jackie
Robinson did for baseball," according to the classical instrumental
group, which is based in Bryan, Texas. Members believe that listening
to and understanding great music of all kinds is a birthright of
all people, regardless of their backgrounds. The quartet has performed
nationally and internationally in venues ranging from world-renowned
concert halls to neighborhood soup kitchens.
quartet will offer several performances in the Charlottesville city
schools and at U.Va., March 1-3. Performances will showcase works
spanning the history of classical string quartet music, with special
emphasis on 20th century music by African-American composers.
after the well-known contralto, Marian Anderson, the quartet has
performed classical music together for 12 years. "In midst of racial
strife, her antidote was to open her mouth and sing," said
Diedra Lawrence, quartet member.
Marian Anderson Quartet includes violinist Marianne Henry, violinist
Nicole Cherry, violist Diedra Lawrence, and cellist Michael Cameron.
Guest pianist Lura Johnson also will perform.
than just a touring group, the Marian Anderson String Quartet tries
to spend time in the communities it visits, and includes performances
in schools to build audiences for classical music.
quartets visit to Charlottesville will include:
1, two all-school assemblies at Buford Middle School; a master
class at Charlottesville High School; and an assembly at Venable
Elementary School for third- and fourth-graders from most of
the citys after-school programs.
2, an afternoon for young people associated with the Music Resource
Center and those from at-risk neighborhoods at the Quality Community
Council, a Charlottesville organization working with residents
to improve the quality of city life.
3, a concert in U.Va.s Newcomb Hall Ballroom at 3 p.m.,
which is free and open to the public.
appearance of the Marian Anderson String Quartet is sponsored by
U.Va.s Office of African-American Affairs, the Alpha Phi Alpha
sorority, the Quality Community Council, the City of Charlottesville,
and U.Va.s Cultural Programming Board.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858