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Meritage String Quartet to perform at MSU-B
Meritage String Quartet members, from left, Stephan Cepeda, Carrie Krause, Mary Carson and Peter Landeen.

The Meritage String Quartet, with cellist Ilse Marie Lee, will perform a concert tonight at Montana State University-Billings' Cisel Hall.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults, $5 for students, while children 10 and under are admitted free.

Newly formed, the Meritage String Quartet emerged from late-night music sight-reading sessions. Four friends would gather after a day of private teaching and orchestra rehearsals to enjoy each other's company and musical talents by playing music together. They decided to present concerts to focus on performing with excellence; for the joy of exploring the rich repertoire written for string quartet; and for the rare pleasure of creating music with three other companions.

The name "Meritage" is a variety of wine, where the play of individual ingredients forms a pleasing and unique combination. The Meritage Quartet's members include Carrie Krause (violin), Stephen Cepeda (violin) and Mary Carson (viola), who moved to the Bozeman area this fall to perform as principal players with the Bozeman Symphony and teach privately. Cellist Peter Landeen, has resided in Bozeman for six years and teaches regularly in Billings, Bozeman and Helena.

The Meritage String Quartet will perform Schubert's cello quintet in collaboration with cellist Ilse Marie Lee at Cisel Hall. The quartet will also play Dvorak's popular "American" quartet and Shostakovich's Eighth Quartet, which was written in retaliation of Stalin's regime and as a tribute to the victims of fascism.

For more information, call Mary Carson at (406) 585-1758 or send an e-mail to meritagequartet@yahoo.com.

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