Touching its musical plane down in Fort Collins, the Julliard
String Quartet brings world-class music to CSU campus.
The world-renowned quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday
night in the new Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall at the new
University Center of the Arts. Known for their stage presence,
artistic expression and technical mastery of their instruments, the
Julliard String Quartet is an ensemble that will please the whole
“Thanks to the large gift of an anonymous donor, we have the
opportunity for a world-class musical treat – with no shred of
exaggeration – on Friday night at the Edna Rizley Griffin Concert
Hall, the Julliard String Quartet,” said Michael Thaut, co-director
of the school of the arts and Department of Music, Theatre and
The Julliard School of Music is a private university in New York
City that has produced and some of the most talented musicians and
artists in the field. This concert is a unique opportunity for
students to experience some of the day’s best performers. Founded
in 1946 by the president of the Julliard School in New York, the
ensemble tries to provide a new outlet for modern works, as well as
a quality source for performances of well-known pieces. The quartet
tours regularly around the world, and its recorded works include
more than 100 pieces.
The winner of four Grammy awards, the Julliard String Quartet is
made up of faculty from the Julliard School, including Samuel
Rhodes on viola, Joel Krosnick on cello and Joel Smirnoff and
Ronald Copes on violin. Over the years, performers have rotated and
created diversity in talent.
“It’s really exciting to have such a good group come here. It’s
really unique,” said Elizabeth Linder, a graduate student in the
music therapy program. “It’s important for professional and
high-quality ensembles to come to CSU, because it shows students
that there are jobs out in the field. It is a source of
The Julliard String Quartet appears regularly in concert halls
in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, and because of the
new concert hall, it will making a stop in Colorado. CSUs’ new
world-class facility can better attract world-class artists like
the Julliard String Quartet.
“The more high-caliber performers you have, the more of a
commodity the program looks like,” said David McArther, a graduate
student in the piano performance program. “It makes (prospective
students) feel like they’re in an environment that is serious about
music. An opportunity to see good performers is important for
But this show can be beneficial for more than just students.
“The arts are part of life, and necessary because they provide
culture and political commentary, as well as an appreciation for
beauty that I think our country is lacking right now,” Linder
The Julliard String Quartet will
perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the University Center for the Arts.
Call 491-4TIX for tickets and information.