Campus Life

New Orford a unique treat

"Ravishing beautiful tone" and "extraordinary technical skills and musicianship" are just a few of the accolades critics heap on the New Orford String Quartet. Brilliant and refined, the New Orford String Quartet has risen to national acclaim with sold out concerts across the country and Lethbridge audiences have their opportunity to hear the group on Saturday, Dec. 3 in a special 2 p.m. matinee performance.

The ensemble, which was formed in 2009, is comprised by either former or current principal members of the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, including Jonathan Crow (violin), Andrew Wan (violin), Eric Nowlin (viola) and Brian Manker (cello).

"There is a long history of performance associated with the New Orford String Quartet, stemming back to its previous incarnation as the Orford String Quartet," says Nick Sullivan, Faculty Artists and Friends co-coordinator. "Aside from the amazing musicianship of the ensemble, the chance to hear performers that are also current or former members of some of the biggest orchestras in Canada is an opportunity that cannot be missed."

The concert includes music by Sokolovic, Beethoven, Brahms as well as contemporary work. In addition, Lethbridge violinist Aaron Au joins the quartet for a compelling performance of Brahms' String Quartet op. 111 in G Major.

To reserve seats for this rare and exciting performance, visit the University Box Office (open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or call 403-329-2616). Tickets are $15 regular, $10 for seniors/students.