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The quartet will return Oct. 11 for a special rededication performance

The Guarneri String Quartet will perform at the William Center’s 25th anniversary concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 for the center’s annual “Dr. Aaron M. Litwak Concert.”
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $4 for faculty and staff, and $25 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

Other performances in this year’s Chamber Music series are Jeremy Denk, Nov. 6, $15; the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dec. 2, $25; and three appearances of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with special guests Anoushka Shankar on Jan. 29, $33, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on Mar. 23, $29, and soprano Susan Graham on May 9, $29.

In 1983, the Guarneri String Quartet played the dedication concert for the Williams Center for the Arts, launching a stellar procession of world-class ensembles that have brought inspired music-making to the concert hall ever since.

The Williams Center will celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary with a rededication performance by the Guarneri quartet as they bid farewell to a towering 44-year career in their valedictory tour. The program will include two of Beethoven’s late quartets, each a masterpiece of deep spirituality and emotional depth, String Quartet no. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127 and String Quartet no. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132.

WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is the media partner for this concert.

The 2008–2009 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for extraordinary support of the 25th anniversary season, and to Joan Moran and the Amaranth Foundation for support of the Ravi Shankar commission.

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