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October 23, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Viterbo audiences will experience the exquisite sounds of the internationally acclaimed Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet through a musical exploration of opposing natures on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Through exquisite music, stage placement, lighting, and wardrobe, the two quartets have created an innovative and bold musical experience that fully explores the duality of the Yin and Yang, an ancient Chinese symbol that reflects the positive and negative energies in our world. To create a healthy and harmonious state, the Chinese believe these energies must be in balance.

Using classical string tradition and jazz improvisation, these quartets collaborate and compete with one another—maintaining their individuality, yet making a statement that together they are greater than the sum of their parts. The challenge in creating this unique partnership was to highlight the diverse strengths of each quartet’s members while revealing how those elements commonly associated with one group can exist subtly in another. Turtle Island String Quartet, for example, is well-known for its exploration of jazz styles but also spends time exploring more classical traditions. The Ying Quartet, on the other hand, is widely known for their exploration of western Classical tradition, yet looks for techniques that allow them more freedom of spontaneous express—similar to the approach of jazz groups. By stretching the stereotypical expectations of their groups, the Turtle Island and Ying quarets create a cohesive whole from their diverse natures.

Turtle Island String Quartet with Ying Quartet is sponsored by The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $26/$20. For more information, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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