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Euclid Quartet Performs with Warren Jones April 29

Euclid Quartet membersEuclid Quartet members Jameson Cooper, Si Yan Darren Li,
Luis Vargas and Jacob Murphy

The Euclid Quartet, ensemble in residence at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend, will perform at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 29 with guest pianist Warren Jones.  The concert will take place in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall and will feature Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5.  Warren Jones is the final guest artist of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts 20th Anniversary Season.

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 started out as a revision of an earlier work, Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 5.  Dvořák was not pleased with the original work and destroyed the score after its premier.  He later gained a copy of the piece from a friend and began his revisions.  In the end he composed a new work that used his traditional lyricism mixed with elements of Czech folk music. 

Bartók wrote his String Quartet No. 5 in 1934.  The five movement piece displays the maturity of his composition style.  Written in arch form, the order of the work is reversed at the recapitulation and the melodies are inverted.  Another feature of this piece is the imitation of sounds from nature and the lonely melodies that fill the slower movements. 

In addition to the performance Warren Jones will be presenting a masterclass on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall.  Mr. Jones will be working with musicians from both IU South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.  The masterclass is open to the public.

The Euclid Quartet is a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant color.  Originally from the U.S., Great Britain, Venezuela, and China, they have won many prizes at major competitions around the world.  The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review raved: "The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness... brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet... devoted, expert and exhilarating."  Ara Guzelimian, Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall, praised their "wonderful intensity, insight, and communicative strength."

Tickets for the Euclid Quartet performance are available for $7-$12.  Tickets are free of charge to students and children.  For more information visit arts.iusb.edu or call the Arts Box Office at 574.520.4203.  Photo credit for Mr. Jones’ picture is Lisa Kohler.

Euclid Quartet
7:30 pm Friday, April 29
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
Tickets $7-$12 and free to students/children
Call 574.520.4203

Warren Jones

WARREN JONES has recently been named as "Collaborative Pianist of the Year" for 2010 by the publication Musical America. He performs with many of today’s best-known artists, including Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Dean Griffey, Ruth Ann Swenson, Bo Skovhus, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, John Relyea, Joseph Alessi, and Richard “Yongjae” O’Neill—and is Principal Pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica. In the past he has partnered such great performers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Tatiana Troyanos and Martti Talvela. His collaborations have earned consistently high praise from many publications: The Boston Globe termed him "flawless" and "utterly ravishing"; The New York Times, "exquisite"; and The San Francisco Chronicle said simply, "He is the single finest accompanist now working."

Mr. Jones has often been a guest artist at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center's "Great Performers Series," as well as the festivals of Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor. His international travels have taken him to recitals at the Salzburg Festival, Milan's Teatro alla Scala, the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, the Teatro Fenice in Venice, Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra Bastille, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong and theatres throughout Scandinavia and Korea. Mr. Jones has been invited three times to the White House by American presidents to perform at concerts honoring the President of Russia, and Prime Ministers of Italy and Canada — and three times he has appeared at the U.S. Supreme Court as a specially invited performer for the Justices and their guests. As a guest at the Library of Congress, Mr. Jones has appeared with the Juilliard Quartet in performances of the Schumann Piano Quintet.

Recent seasons have included his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a work commissioned for Stephanie Blythe and him, “Covered Wagon Woman”, by Alan Louis Smith. In addition to performances with the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets, he has been heard at the New York Philharmonic in the Sextet of Ernst von Dohnanyi, and been invited to participate regularly in the annual Marilyn Horne Foundation gala festivities at Carnegie Hall, both as performer and Master Class teacher. In the summer of 2009, he conducted sold-out, critically-acclaimed performances of Mascagni's "L'amico Fritz" with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Jones' discography includes more than 25 recordings: the latest is a compilation of new songs by the American composer Lori Laitman on the Albany label. He can be heard on every major record label, in diverse repertory from Schubert and Brahms to more esoteric compositions of Gretchaninoff, Clarke, and Smit, as well as contemporary works by Harbison and others.

Mr. Jones is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where highly gifted young artists work with him in a unique graduate degree program in collaborative piano. Each summer he teaches and performs at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. For ten years he was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera.

Mr. Jones is also a prominent musical jurist, having been a judge for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Walter Naumberg Foundation Awards, the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Artists' Association International Fine Arts Competition, and the American Council for the Arts.

Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Jones grew up in North Carolina and graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been honored with the Conservatory’s Outstanding Alumni Award, and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of that institution.

A resident of New York City, Mr. Jones enjoys cooking, exercise, historical novels, and lively political discussion.