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Take a Bow: Annual Kairos Lyceum Begins July 15

Dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists are attending the 12th annual Kairos Lyceum that began July 14. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute.

“We are juxtaposing classical music with other art forms “ said Carrie Rehkopf, Kairos Quartet violinist and this year’s director. “The students have had an intense few days in acting and movement workshops, and are now refining their pieces for performance.

This year’s repertoire includes works by Debussy, Schubert and Prokofiev. Special workshops with guest artists Jennifer Bennett and Shauna Goddard helped the students to more concretely form their musical interpretations. Goddard, who ran a dance studio in Monaco for 16 years, also choreographed a beautiful dance featuring six Lyceum students set to Turina’s Bullfighter’s Prayer.

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 over a decade. The Kairos Quartet will mentor eight chamber ensembles with students from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Connecticut and New Mexico as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet and piano trio repertoire.

Free Public Concerts July 20, 22, 23
Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present several free concerts this week. The first of the performanceswill be given 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Hal Holmes Community Center. The Wednesday afternoon concert will be made especially accessible to younger audiences by incorporating other fine art elements such as dance or poetry. Audience members are encouraged to draw or write stories inspired by the music!

Students will also perform another concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 22, in the Music Building Concert Hall.

The grand finale concert will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, in the Music Building Recital Hall. Nikolas Caoile, CWU director of orchestras, will conduct the Lyceum Chamber Orchestra.

Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.

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.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
July 19, 2016

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