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Press Release - Public invited to Sensational Sundays at the ND Heritage Center featuring UND Student String Quartet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014
Contact: Beth Campbell
701.328.2674

Public invited to Sensational Sundays at the ND Heritage Center featuring UND Student String Quartet

Sensational Sundays will feature the University of North Dakota Student String Quartet, bringing an exceptional program of music to the Russell Reid Auditorium in the North Dakota Heritage Center on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The UND Student String Quartet is directed by UND Associate Professor of Music Alejandro Drago, a native of Argentina, who has performed and conducted around the world and specializes in violin, viola and orchestra performance. The Quartet comprises talented UND student musicians from North and South America (see short bios below).

“UND has teamed up with supporting donors to create the Student String Quartet, whose members enjoy a substantial measure of financial support, which they return to the University and the community at large through an intense schedule of performances, recordings, visits, outreach activities and tours like this one,” said Drago.

During the performance, the string quartet will play Badlands, an original composition by Matthew Peterson, a native of Grand Forks who currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He is among the world’s most honored young composers. Badlands is a “soundscape” evoking the landscape of North Dakota’s West. The UND group also will play a selection of eight Armenian folk dances and Quartet Number 1, Opus 18, by Ludwig van Beethoven, a standard in the classical repertoire.

Sensational Sundays, free programs sponsored by the state’s history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota are a buffet for the mind. A variety of presentation formats including lectures, concerts, movies, and tours make a wide array of engaging, educational, historic and cultural information and current research available in public. For more information contact Erik Holland, Curator of Education at 701.328.2792 or eholland@nd.gov.

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