Turtle Island String Quartet to wrap up fall Encore Series

Fort Hays State University's fall Encore Series will conclude at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The series' finale will be the renowned Turtle Island String Quartet.

The quartet, whose name is derived from creation mythology found in Native American folklore, has been a singular force in the creation of bold new trends in chamber music for strings since its formation in 1986.

The quartet has forayed into folk, bluegrass, swing jazz, funk, R&B, new age, rock, country and salsa, among others. In this show, the group will attempt to achieve a balance with the emotional immediacy associated with jazz and the brilliant conceptualization associated with classical music.

Their choice of repertoire takes several elements into consideration, such as musical genre, length, key area, mood, size of hall, location and even the quartet's enthusiasm for a particular piece. Keeping with the jazz tradition, though, the members will announce the concert program from the stage during the course of the performance.

A unique element of Turtle Island performances is that of improvisation, which is most commonly utilized by featuring a soloist improvising over a background that is itself often partially or completely improvised -- following a fixed sequence of chords and rhythm. Most pieces in their program will have such a section.

Tickets are available at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union. Reserved tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $9 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $9, $7 and $5 respectively. Tickets can be charged by telephone at (785) 628-5306.

More information on the quartet can be found at www.tisq.com.

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