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St. Lawrence String Quartet performs at UGA

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the St. Lawrence String Quartet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The award-winning chamber ensemble will perform a program featuring string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven and a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, "Kohelet," commissioned for SLSQ by Carnegie Hall.

Formed in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet won both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions three years later.

Group members say their mission is to "bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer."

The quartet performs more than 120 concerts annually throughout the world, and since 1998, has held the position of Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University.

Violist Lesley Robertson of Edmonton Alberta, is a founding member of the group that also includes cellist Christopher Costanza from Utica, N.Y., and violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, both from London, Ontario. Nuttall is a founding member and St. John joined in 2006.

The concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s "Performance Today."

Tickets are $37 with discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, toll free at 888-289-8497.