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Popular chamber group to play at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A popular south central Kansas chamber group, Fairmount String Quartet, will perform at Bethel College on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Bethel College Administration Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Fairmount String Quartet, named for Fairmount College, the original name of Wichita State University, is WSU’s faculty quartet in residence. Ensemble members are Esther Noh, violin, Nancy Luttrell, violin, Catherine Consiglio, viola, and Andrew Kolb, cello.

Noh, a Chicago native, is the quartet’s newest member. She began her term as assistant visiting professor of violin at WSU a year ago, in January 2004. She is currently concertmaster for the Wichita Symphony, and has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the Danish National Orchestra.

Luttrell, associate professor of violin at WSU, is also associate concertmaster for the Wichita Symphony. She is a former member of the Monet Trio and the Kansas City Lyric Opera and Civic Ballet Orchestras, and is currently working toward certification as a music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program.

Consiglio received the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Special Fine Arts Endeavors award from WSU in the fall of 2003, in recognition of her role as co-founder of the Chamber Music at the Barn series. She is principal violist for the Wichita Symphony and an associate professor of viola at WSU. She has also been principal violist with the Oklahoma Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic and the New England Chamber Orchestra.

Kolb is assistant professor of cello at WSU and principal cellist for the Wichita Symphony. He has a particular interest in new music and has premiered several works as a member of Acidophilus (live culture), a new music sextet made up of American and Scandinavian musicians.

Fairmount String Quartet will open their Bethel College performance with Haydn’s Quartet in D. Major, Op. 71, No. 2, followed by a piece called "Uh...It All Happened So Fast..." by Todd Reynolds. Following an intermission, the quartet will perform Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op.13.

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