Tri-State Piano Quartet January 16

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Tristate Piano Quartet


The Musical Arts Concert Series at USA returns to the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. with piano quartets performed by the Tri-State Piano Quartet. The ensemble consists of USA piano professor Robert Holm, Mobile Symphony concert master and University of Alabama violin professor Jenny Gregoire, University of Illinois viola professor Rudolf Haken and University of Southern Mississippi cello professor Alexander Russakovsky.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the Concert

The program begins with 20th century Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's First Piano Quartet. This three movement work was written shortly after the composer's arrival in America and features jerky rhythmic figures, chromatic scales in 4ths and 5ths and syncopated melodies. The melancholic second movement features first the strings, then the piano and the Finale, which is in 6/8 time, treats that time signature in a variety of unconventional ways.

After intermission, the Quartet will play Brahms' Second Piano Quartet in A major, op. 26, a large-scale 4-movement work, where each movement builds in intensity and momentum until the fiery "Hungarian" Dance at the end of the work.

Gregoire, Haken and Russakovsky are well-known nationally and internationally as soloists and chamber performers. This is the first collaboration among the four members of this piano quartet.

Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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