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St. Lawrence String Quartet coming

Marina Hoover, Geoff Nuttall, Barry Shiffman and Lesley Robertson.
Marina Hoover, Geoff Nuttall, Barry Shiffman and Lesley Robertson.
Toby Wales

The music of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, hailed by the Washington Post as being "emotionally high charged but never out of control," will open the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City's concert season.

The foursome, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah campus, has garnered critical acclaim and awards over the years for their high-quality craftsmanship. The group's latest CD, "Yiddishbbuk," received Grammy nominations for Best Chamber Music and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Formed in Canada, the group currently serves as Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. According to the quartet's Web site, its members are passionately committed to opening up new musical venues for chamber music and furthering contemporary works by living composers.

Thursday's program will feature Haydn's Quartet in C major (Op. 1, No. 6), Ravel's Quartet in F major, and Chistos Hatzis' Quartet No. 2 ("The Gathering").

Tickets, $15, ($5 for students) are available at (801) 561-3999 or at the door.

—Rebecca Cline Howard