Antares to Perform at MCLA’s First Patrons Event

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NORTH ADAMS - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will kick off this year’s Patrons of the Arts performance series with an evening of classical chamber music featuring Antares on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Street Center. The chamber quartet will perform works including those by Stravinsky, Messiaen and a new work by Matheson, presenting chamber masterworks of the classical and romantic eras, along with music from the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, MCLA senior Jessica Gage will make her debut on classical violin. Comprised of four instrumentalists, Antares draws from a vast repertoire for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, as well as various trio and duo combinations. Hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "powerful," "striking" and "razor-sharp," Antares was selected as the first-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A recent New York Times review described Antares’ approach to the music they perform: "The four musicians play with superb technical polish and, equally important, a sense that they not only are comfortable with this music but also understand its vocabulary and syntax." Time Out New York described the group as "a small ensemble that affords color, flexibility and heft in one tidy package ... including an invaluable dedication to living composers that has garnered well-deserved acclaim." In 2004, in partnership with the University of Iowa, they received a CMA Residency grant to present a four-day interdepartmental series focused on the quartet. The group looks forward to bringing this work to their audiences in 2008, in celebration of Messiaen’s centennial anniversary. Additional concert engagements for the group include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music in New York City, the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (NC) and Panama's Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos. In addition to the 2005 release "Eclipse," featuring six new works, Antares recorded Ned Rorem’s "The End of Summer," and Fred Lerdahl's "Marches," which was released in 2006 by Bridge Records. The exclusive housing sponsor for Antares is Porches. Tickets to Antares are $12 for general admission, $5 for MCLA faculty and staff, and free to Patrons and MCLA students. For more information or to order tickets, call 413-662-5543, or go to

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