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September 13, 2013

Friends of Music to host American String Quartet

The Daily Star

---- — Friends of Music will continues its 2013 season Sunday with the American String Quartet.

The concert, the sixth of the group’s 27th season will be at 3 p.m. at the Cyr Center at 159 W. Main St. in Stamford.

The American String Quartet formed when its founding members were students at the Juilliard School in New York City. In 1974 the group won the Coleman Competition and the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. Thirty-nine seasons later they are

internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, according to a media release.

They have commissioned and premiered works by composers including Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker and George Tsontakis. The Quartet has recorded works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvorak, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Tsontakis on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society,

Nonesuch and RCA labels.

To read more about the artists or listen to examples of their work, visit

According to the release, this ensemble is known to FOM through cellist Wolfram Koessel, who has

performed at the Cyr Center a number of times with various groups but never before with the


Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert. Parking is available at the

Cyr Center, which is handicapped accessible. Suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6

for seniors & students. There is no charge for those younger than 13.

For more information about the concert or the series, visit