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Escher String Quartet to Perform at Moravian – March 19

Bethlehem, Pa., March 11, 2010—The Escher String Quartet will perform at Moravian College on Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.  Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, the Quartet is comprised ofAdam Barnett-Hart and Wu Jie on Violin, Pierre Lapointe on Viola, and Andrew Janss on Cello.

The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher because of Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.  It has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. The Quartet has performed at prestigious venues and festivals across the United States and Europe, including the Louvre in Paris, the 92nd Street Y and Symphony Space in New York, and Boston's Gardner Museum, and has collaborated with many contemporary well-known artists. Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be the quartet-in-residence at each artist's summer festival: The Young Artists Programme at Canada's National Arts Centre and The Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, N.Y.

Over the past two seasons, the Quartet has had residencies at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts along with their many concert appearances; they also served as Visiting Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.  Along with collaborations with other classical groups, Escher has also performed with guitar luminary Pepe Romero and pop-folk singer-songwriter Luke Temple.  Critics praise the Quartet for its insightful musicianship and the brilliant sound of each individual player and the collective group.

Admission for the concert is $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors & students, and $5 for children 12 and under.  For more information, visit the Chamber Music Society’s website at www.cmsob.org or call (610) 435-7611. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s South Campus.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.