WWU faculty concert this Sunday

Published on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Violins and two of their close relatives in the orchestra (viola and cello) can be painful to hear unless played perfectly, especially in pitch. But when they are, the result is a transforming musical experience that’s not to be missed.

Your chance to hear such perfection comes with the Blaine Pacific Arts Association’s next concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 18, in the Performing Arts Center. It features Western Washington University’s faculty string quartet playing a classical program that will include Mozart’s lively Quartet in D Major (K. 575) and Brahms pensive  Quartet in C Minor, Opus 51 No. 1.

Even though they’re more or less local, the four faculty individually and as a group have played to rave reviews wherever they’ve played in the U.S. and Europe. PAA executive director Larry Conrad said, “We’re lucky to be able to hear them here in Blaine. They’re in high demand both as faculty and as performers.”

The group includes Walter Schwede, formerly associate concertmaster with the Seattle Symphony and concertmaster with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ferndale native Grant Donnellan, concertmaster for the Whatcom Symphony and a director of Bellingham’s summer Chamber Music Festival, Cornell graduate and former member of the Seattle Symphony Eric Kean and the award winning Canadian cellist John Friesen.

Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors and are available at the Blaine Visitor Center, Pacific building Center, Semiahmoo Resort Coffee Shop, Smuggler’s Inn, Village Books in Fairhaven or on-line at www.pacificartsassoc.org. For more information call 676-5740.