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Taos concert series includes national award-winning quartet

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The Altius Quartet will perform on Saturday at SMU-in-Taos’ Fort Burgwin campus south of Taos.

The Altius Quartet will perform on Saturday at SMU-in-Taos’ Fort Burgwin campus south of Taos.

The national award-winning Altius Quartet, one of Dallas’ premiere string quartets, will perform traditional and popular selections during the annual Ima Leete Hutchison Concert Series at SMU-in-Taos’ Fort Burgwin campus on Saturday.

The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Adagio-Allegro Vivace, Haydn’s Finale: Vivace, Barber’s Adagio for Strings/Molto Adagio and Tchaikovsky’s Allegro Con Brio e Vivace. Popular music selections will be announced from the stage.

Guest performers for the evening include violist Stephanie Mientka and cellist Hannah Thomas-Hollands.

“SMU is proud to introduce the talented Altius Quartet to the Taos community,” said Sam Holland, SMU’s director of the Division of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts. “The quartet is an outstanding ensemble whose members strive to make a difference in the world through their music.”

Composed of four former graduate students in the Meadows School’s Division of Music, the quartet served as the first graduate Meadows Ensemble-in-Residence.

The group formed in 2011 with the purpose of performing with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a Dallas-based chamber music organization whose members perform free, unorthodox classical concerts. Members include Andrew Giordano, Andrew Krimm, Zachary Reaves and Joshua Ulrich.

Beginning in fall 2014, the quartet will be the graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they will be mentored by and serve as teaching assistants for the world-renowned Takács Quartet.

The Ima Leete Hutchison Concert is featured each year at Fort Burgwin during the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, two and a half days of short courses that explore the unique cultural richness, scientific contributions and recreational opportunities of northern New Mexico.

The concert series is made possible by an endowment established in 1989 by William and Patsy Hutchison in honor of his mother.

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