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CWU Presents 9th Annual Kairos Quartet Lyceum

Central Washington University's world-renowned Kairos String Quartet will once again provide a 10-day, intensive institute for advanced high school and college-aged string players from around the Pacific Northwest. The Lyceum will be held on Central’s Ellensburg campus from July 11-20.

In addition, Lyceum students and faculty will present four, free, public concerts. The Kairos Quartet, with international guest artists, will perform twice at the Lodge at Suncadia in Cle Elum on Saturday, July 13, and Friday, July 19, both at 7:00 p.m. Guest artists will include pianist Peter Longworth of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and internationally renowned violinists Kathryn Votapek and Aaron Berofsky, from the University of Michigan. The Friday concert will also feature a chamber orchestra made up of the outstanding Lyceum participants.

The Lyceum student quartets will also perform two concerts in Ellensburg. The Hal Holmes Center will host an informal, lunch hour, brown bag concert on Wednesday, July 17 at noon.  The final student quartet concert will be held in the CWU Music Building Recital Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

During the Lyceum, Kairos Quartet members will mentor six ensembles as they take up rewarding, yet challenging, masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.

Lyceum students will focus on the technical issues of musical performance—things like pitch, rhythmic "groove," beauty of tone, and expressive and inspired interpretation— while learning how to work together, as four individuals with diverse personalities, in a small group.

“A string quartet is a democracy,” said Tim Betts, CWU faculty member and violist for the Kairos Quartet. “Part of the performance is the intensity of the interpersonal relationships required to make the music happen.”

In addition, the Lyceum will include a variety of workshops in other disciplines, related to performing or the creative process, along with special lectures, and demonstrations from accomplished artists.

About the Kairos Quartet
Comprised of violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Tim Betts, and cellist John Michel, the Kairos String Quartet is recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The quartet holds an endowed residency at Central Washington University—where all four members also teach—affording the group a degree of stability that is unusual in the chamber music world.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu

(Photo courtesy John Michel, Skyline Studios)