School of the Arts

Celebrate Valentines Day at "Heartstrings & Valentines"


Celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day with an evening of great food and chamber music at “Heartstrings and Valentines” while supporting scholarships for string students at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, IU South Bend. This special event will take place at Trios Restaurant on Sunday, February 14, from 5:30 pm through 8:00 pm. Feast on one of four specially prepared entrees and listen to romantic chamber music performed by the Euclid Quartet, IU South Bend’s world class resident string quartet.

Tickets start at $40 per person, with a choice of entrees consisting of Chicken Florentine, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Sun Dried Tomato Cream sauce, or Blackened White fish. Or, for $50 per person, choose from Filet Mignon or Sautéed Chilean Sea Bass. All meals come with a salad and one glass of wine. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at 520-4203. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships for string students at the School of the Arts.  Seating is limited.

The Euclid Quartet was formed in 1998 in Ohio and was appointed Resident String Quartet at Indiana University South Bend in 2007. Praised by the Denver Post for their “electric” playing, they have earned significant recognition at major competitions, recently winning Third Place at the Osaka (Japan) International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets at Yale University. These victories are added to top prizes already earned at the Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They recently performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

The quartet, whose members are Jameson Cooper, Jacob Murphy, Luis Vargas, and Si Yan Darren Li, is committed to exposing young audiences to the joy of chamber music, and frequently performs programs tailored towards children, including a series of performances as “musical explorers” at Carnegie Hall. They also partner with the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association to bring chamber music to area schools, and commissioned “Symphonies of String Instruments” by James Leatherbarrow which provides a unique opportunity for string students to perform along-side a professional string quartet. Most recently, the Euclid Quartet received a prominent “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.