March 19, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Cassatt String Quartet will present a recital Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The quartet – Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Michiko Oshima, viola; and Nicole Johnson, cello – will perform Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet, Op. 81; Anton Dvorak's String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105; and a selection of movements from Sebastian Currier's Quartetset, a work written for the Cassatt Quartet.

The March 27 recital, which is free to the public, is the last public performance of a week-long residency by the Cassatt Quartet. The residency is sponsored jointly by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Bucknell Music Department through the Kushell Music Endowment.

Other public appearances during the residency include a lecture-demonstration (March 22), a free family matinee made possible by the Weis Center's Green Room Board (March 24), a Weis Center Series performance with Catherine Payn, soprano, and women of the Bucknell Opera Company (March 24), and a reading of Bucknell student composers' works (March 26). For more information about events during the residency, see

Formed in 1985, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet initiated and served as the inaugural participants in Juilliard's Young Artists Quartet Program.

Hailed as one of America’s outstanding ensembles, the Cassatt has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with prestigious appearances in New York, Tanglewood, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and Maeda Hall in Tokyo.

The Quartet travels to Europe this summer performing at the American Academy in Rome and as artists-in-residence at Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy, and two concerts in Mexico.

For more information or to hear music samples, see

Posted March 19, 2007