Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES—The Harrington String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. A reception will follow.
The group consists of violinists Annie Chalex and Keith Redpath and cellist Emmanuel Lopez, all faculty members at West Texas A&M University, and violist Joanna Mendoza, former principal violist with the New World Symphony.
Presented by ENMU and the University Friends of Music, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a school or university ID. Proceeds support scholarships for ENMU vocal and instrumental music students.
Advance tickets may be purchased at several locations: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 100 S. Avenue A in Portasles; McDaniel's Home Furnishings at 1020 N. Main in Clovis; the ENMU Department of Music in Room 115 of the Music Building, or at the door the evening of the performance.
For more information, call 505.562.2315.
Below are biographies of The Harrington String Quartet taken from their Website at http://www.harringtonstringquartet.com/index.html.
Currently on the faculty at West Texas A&M University, violinist Annie Chalex is also first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet, and serves as Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony and the Randel Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Chalex has been a finalist in the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the recipient of the "American Prize" of the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Competition, a Prizewinner at the Irving Klein Competition, and Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the New England Conservatory Orchestra, the Harper Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Symphony of Chicago. She has toured the Far East with the Juilliard Orchestra and went to Europe with the American Sinfonietta, in addition to playing with the Japan-American Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Ms. Chalex received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California with Robert Lipsett and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Robert Mann. She has also studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Center of the North Shore in Winnetka, IL.
Currently on the faculty at West Texas A&M University, violinist Keith Redpath is the second violinist of the Harrington String Quartet and serves as Principal Second Violin in the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, he has performed in orchestras across the country. In addition to serving four years as the Principal Second Violin of the Wichita Symphony, Mr. Redpath has performed in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony (California), the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (South Carolina), the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra (North Carolina), the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra (Arizona), and the Music at Penn's Woods Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania). As a member of the Wichita based Sedgwick String Quartet he has performed in chamber music concerts at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and at Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. In the area of contemporary music, Mr. Redpath has taken a particular interest in music from the Baltics, which was the subject of his doctoral project. Mr. Redpath received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, his Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. His principal teachers have included William Kennedy, Charles Castleman, David Perry, and Sally O'Reilly.
Violist Joanna Mendoza has been a guest with ensembles such as the Pro Arte Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Felici Trio, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. She has performed at the Bellingham Festival of Music, the Colorado Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival and with the Santa Fe Pro Musica. Contemporary music performances include the Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series in New York City, the American Festival of Microtonal Music at Columbia and New York University, and the FOCUS! Festival at the Juilliard School. A former principal violist with the New World Symphony, she has toured South America and Europe with the orchestra and as a chamber musician. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma-Norman and with the American Festival for the Arts, and has given masterclasses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Houston. Originally from Milwaukee, Ms. Mendoza earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School.
Currently on the faculty at West Texas A&M University, cellist Emmanuel Lopez is originally from Santiago, Chile. He is the 1988 winner of Janos Starker-Aldo Parisot International Cello Competition in Brazil. He has been a member of the Craftsbury Chamber Players since 1989 and has performed recitals throughout South America, the United States, Canada, France, and Israel. His recordings for the Delos label include Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations and as a member of the Yale Cellos. As cellist of the Harrington String Quartet, he has recorded music by Martin Bresnick for the CRI label. He has also been featured in the Naxos label production of Samuel Jones: Roundings, as principal cellist of the Amarillo Symphony and in Jones Cello Sonata with pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin. He has been a guest soloist at both the Third and Sixth American Cello Congresses as well as a participant in the Piatigorsky and Schneider Seminars.