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Bethlehem, Pa., October 13, 2006— The world-renowned Auryn String Quartet will perform at Moravian College on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. A reception with the artists will be held following the concert. The German-based group’s appearance is sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.
The Auryn String Quartet is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its formation in Cologne on March 8, 1981 when members—violinists Matthias Lingenfelder and Jens Oppermann, violist Stewart Eaton, and cellist Andreas Arndt—first practiced together and realized their potential as an ensemble. They chose the name “Auryn” from the mystical amulet in Michael Ende’s novel The Neverending Story. Their style was developed by spending five years in Cologne studying with the Amadeus Quartet, followed by two semesters at the University of Maryland with the Guarneri Quartet. Since that time, the group has been playing numerous festivals and concerts in Germany and abroad. The frequent international tour destinations are the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
In addition to performing, each member of the group holds a professorship in the string faculty of the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany. They teach a wide array of chamber music to both resident and non-resident students. In 2004, the group held a two-week symposium for the European Academy in Montepulciano.
In their Moravian concert, the group will perform Haydn’s “String Quartet No. 29 in G major, Op. 33/5, H. 3/41,” Brahms’ “String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 67,” and Schubert’s “String Quartet No. 15 in G major, Op. 161, D. 887.”
The Auryn String Quartet has produced more than 20 albums, including The Auryn Series, a four-volume collection of Beethoven’s string quartets.
Tickets for the performance range from $5 to $25, depending on location. Foy Hall is part of the College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.