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March 1, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Remarkable technique, tonal beauty, impeccable balance, rich sound, and an unconventional program design are the hallmarks of Berlin’s Vogler String Quartet, and guest pianist Angela Cheng who will grace the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Stage on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1985 and still comprised of its original members, the Vogler Quartet gained recognition by placing first at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France in 1986. Members Tim Vogler, Frank Reinecke, Stefan Fehlandt, and Stephan Forck quickly established themselves as one of the finest quartets of this generation. Today, they appear regularly in major music centers in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and Israel and are known as the premier chamber ensemble in their "hometown" of Berlin.

Pianist Angela Cheng, appearing with the Vogler Quartet, has been hailed by critics for her expert musicianship, subtleties of tone, elegance, and grace. Cheng received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Julliard School and her Master of Music degree from Indiana University. One of Canada’s most gifted pianists, Cheng was the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition in 1988. Among her other awards, she was given the Medal of Excellence in Salzburg in 1991 for her outstanding interpretations of Mozart. Her debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. She is a frequent recitalist and chamber music collaborator who has been presented in venues throughout the world.

"Bringing together the amazing talents of the Vogler Quartet and Angela Cheng is sure to bring down the house," said Michael Ranscht, director of programs and operations for the Viterbo Fine Arts Center.

Part of the Bright Star Season, the appearance of the Vogler Quartet of Berlin with Angela Cheng is sponsored by the North Central Trust Company and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $27/21.  To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100 or visit the Bright Star Season.

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