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String Theory: Kairos Quartet Lyceum Begins July 10

Once again, the Central Washington University campus will be filled with the sounds of 101 strings--and more--as music students from all over the Pacific Northwest attend the annual Kairos Lyceum. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute for dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists. The Lyceum begins on July 10.

Hosted by the Kairos String Quartet--renowned for their exciting performances and commitment to education--the Lyceum has provided an intimate and inspirational chamber music experience to students from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for a decade. The Kairos Quartet and visiting guest artists will mentor five chamber ensembles composed of students from Washington, Oregon, Montana and California as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.

Free Concerts July 12, 16, 18, 19
Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present four free concerts in conjunction with Lyceum. The Lodge at Suncadia will host two concerts at 7:00 p.m. on July 12 and 18. The July 12 program will feature selected “greatest hits” movements from the chamber music repertoire including works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Prokofiev, performed by the Kairos Quartet with guest pianist and Lyceum faculty member, Peter Longworth of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. The July 18 concert will feature the Kairos Lyceum Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nikolas Caoile, performing Barber's haunting “Adagio for Strings” and selections by Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The concert will close with a performance of Robert Schumann's monumental Quartet for Piano and Strings.

The Lyceum student chamber ensembles will present concerts at noon on July 16 at the Hal Holmes Center, and at 2:00 p.m. on July 19, at the CWU Recital Hall. The young artists, under the mentorship of the Kairos Quartet, will interpret and perform works by Schubert, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms and Boccherini.

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. The ensemble maintains a busy schedule, regularly touring and performing throughout the region and making national/international appearances. The quartet is well known for its commitment to education and community service, conducting clinics and making dozens of appearances at schools, youth symphonies, community centers, retirement communities, and institutions of higher education each year. “Kairos” is the Greek word for non-chronological time: those special moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.


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