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February 14, 2012 > Fremont Symphony presents Lafayette String Quartet

Fremont Symphony presents Lafayette String Quartet

Submitted By Susan L. Rose

On February 25, the Fremont Symphony presents the acclaimed Lafayette String Quartet at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Ohlone College at 8 p.m.

The Lafayette String Quartet is among the world's leading chamber ensembles. Artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria's School of Music in British Columbia since 1991, their dedication and skill have played a major role in building one of the finest music schools in Canada. These four women have been together for 25 years; three attended Indiana University, where they studied with Rostislav Dubinsky of the original Borodin Quartet, and the fourth joined them in Detroit in 1986. They also play in a local string orchestra called the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria.

The quartet has played before in private homes in Fremont, but this will be their first public performance in the City. Members of the quartet are: Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, first violin; Sharon Stanis, violin; Joanna Hood, viola; and Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello. Elliott-Goldschmid is Canadian, the others are Americans. Highbaugh Aloni, who is from Fremont, the daughter of Otis and Dorothy Highbaugh, won the Tri-Cities award in 1980 in the Fremont Symphony's Young Artist Competition, and graduated as valedictorian from Mission San Jose High School.

The big question is how have the four women managed to stay together for 25 years. One answer is that the University of Saskatchewan loaned them a set of Amati instruments for a five year period. "It was a great education, says Stanis, "because the instruments were matched in a special way and none of us had experience with instruments of that character. Afterwards, it encouraged us to seek out a special instrument that would work well with the quartet." But, ultimately, they have an internal chemistry and, according the Elliot-Goldschmidt, communication is a key factor. The New York Times critic called their performance "splendid, powerful, and riveting in every way." The Rochester Times Union called them "the finest string-quartet playing this critic has heard in a long time."

Their program for the evening will be: Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3, Mozart's String Quartet No. 16 and Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade. Recordings of other programs will be available for purchase.

Lafayette String Quartet
Saturday, Feb 25
8 p.m.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 371-4859

Tickets: adults: $48 and $43, students: $20

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