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Aspen String Trio Brings "Magical Synergy" to CWU April 1

The world-renowned Aspen String Trio will bring its special brand of musical excellence to Central Washington University this spring with a dynamic concert April 1.

Their exquisite execution and impeccable technique garner rave reviews.

"From the first note, the sound of each player was simply glorious," reported Ken Keaton of the Palm Beach Daily News. "The ensemble and intonation were perfect. But most importantly, they are musicians for whom every note counts."

After more than 20 years of friendship and music-making, Aspen String Trio members David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, violist; and Michael Mermagen, cello, are an ensemble with magical synergy. These three world-class instrumentalists each have a long-time association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival; combined they have performed across the globe in the world’s most prestigious venues. For more information, go to

The concert, which also features CWU's acclaimed Kairos Quartet, will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $7 for seniors, children and CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advance purchase is recommended, as these concerts are often sold out.

The Kairos Quartet, established in 1993, has been the quartet-in-residence at CWU since 1998. Violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Timothy Betts, and cellist John Michel have extensive chamber music experience and have toured internationally. Dedicated to music education, each year the group hosts the incomparable Kairos Lyceum for string players throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information, go to

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Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
March 21, 2017