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Fowler Center Series presents the Ma'alot Quintet
Friday, Jan. 16
Dec. 17, 2008 --
The Fowler Center
Series presents the Ma’alot Quintet in performance Friday, Jan. 16, at
7:30 p.m., in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201Olympic
Drive, Jonesboro. The quintet’s name comes from the Hebrew. The quintet
says that the word symbolizes harmony and musical concord.
"Ma'alot" is the plural of the Hebrew word "Ma'alah", which means
"step", "degree," or "ascent.” The Ma’alot Quintet has rapidly ascended
to the heights of international acclaim since its beginnings in 1986.
The Ma'alot Quintet quickly gained wide international recognition after
winning four first prizes in major music festivals and competitions—the
Jeunesse Musicale competition, Belgrade; Martigny, Switzerland;
Deutscher Musikrat, Bonn; and the Munich ARD competition.
The ensemble is considered one of the leading international chamber
ensembles performing today. Their repertoire ranges from the Viennese
classics to contemporary material. The Ma'alot Quintet champions new
music, often in close collaboration with today's composers, introducing
audiences to new sounds and ideas and thereby expanding the chamber
music repertoire. In addition, the ensemble also offers arrangements
specially prepared for them by its members Ulf-Guido Schäfer and Volker
Grewel. All members of the ensemble hold positions in major German
orchestras or serve as professors at Musikhochschulen, or music schools.
Members of Ma’a lot are Volker Tessmann, bassoon; Ulf-Guido Schäfer,
clarinet; Stephanie Winkler, flute; Volker Grewel, horn; and Christian
The ensemble regularly appears in the major concert halls of Germany and
has been invited to many of Europe’s capitals, such as Berlin, Vienna,
Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Bern, Lisbon, Belgrade, Athens, Instanbul. The
ensemble has made extended tours throughout Austria, Belgium,
Luxembourg, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. Recent engagements include
Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musikfestival, Mozartfest Augsburg,
Bodensee Festival, Kissinger Sommer and Kuhmo, and also performances at
the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Wiener Musikverein.
In the United States, the ensemble has appeared, among others in New
York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago. Upcoming engagements will
take them to the Frick Collection in New York City, the National Gallery
in Washington, and the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City.
The Ma’alot Quintet has done six recordings for Glissando that has
brought it considerable critical acclaim. It now records exclusively for
the MDG label. Its recently released Dvorak CD has been gaining a lot of
attention and won the 2006 Echo prize; its Piazzola recording was
released in the fall of 2006.
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty
and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and
$6 for ASU students.
http://www.fowlercenter.astate.edu/tickets/ for season ticket
information, including prices, or call the Fowler Center at (870)
972-3471 for more information.