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"Shades of Africa" Music Festival - April 2-6, 2013 - Weber Music Hall UMD - all concerts 7:30pm - Call (218) 726-8877 for tickets - Group and package deals available.


“Shades of Africa”
Music Festival

April 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
“American Voices”
wtih the Catalyst String Quartet

"Electrifying…Wildly colorful and exploding with life."
Washington Post.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as "invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor," the Catalyst Quartet, prizewinners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012, is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to education with a passion for contemporary works. The ensemble's mission is to advance diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers.

The ensemble has held residencies and given master classes both domestically and abroad at the University of Michigan, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the In Harmony Project: London, UK and the University of South Africa, to name a few. Catalyst Quartet serves as principal faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin College and Northwestern University in Chicago, and its members are visiting teaching artists at the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In January 2012 the Catalyst Quartet was selected to participate in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Young Performers Career Advancement program, which included a performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.

Meet the Artists: Q&A conversation with members of the Catalyst String Quartet Thursday (12pm) Weber Hall
Topic: Journey to the World Stage.

Masterclass with UMD Student: Thursday at 1pm, on stage of Weber Hall (free and open to the public)

Weber Music Hall or call (218) 726-8877

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“Shades of Africa” Music Festival is sponsored by the UMD Music Department and
grants by the Campus Climate Initiative and the Academic Affairs Diversity Initiative.


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