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April 26, 2001

Famous Alternative Chamber
Group at CSUS

Violins strummed like guitars, a cello played like a jazz bass and bongos played with brushes aren't typical chamber music styles, but then again, the Turtle Island String Quartet is anything but ordinary. The critically acclaimed quartet brings its alternative sound to California State University, Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

Hailed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as "an unqualified musical triumph," the Turtle Island String Quartet has a repertoire so vast that one would need to know the classics, jazz, blues, rock and country fiddling just to catch all the references and harmonics in their music.

People magazine considered the quartet to possess an imaginative style that "stands tradition on its civilized ear." The group consists of classical musicians with a rock n' roll sensibility that utilizes the improvisational freedom of jazz.

The quartet members include cellist Mark Summer, violist Danny Seidenberg, violinist David Balakrishnan and violinist Evan Price.

The performance is part of the University's annual New Millennium Concert Series - a program dedicated to bringing world-class musicians to the Sacramento area.

Tickets for the Turtle Island String Quartet concert are $15 general admission and $8 for students. Tickets are available by contacting the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. For media assistance call the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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