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Ciompi Quartet Opens Untraditional Season With Tradition

  

The Ciompi Quartet, Duke University's resident string quartet, opens its fall season September 20th at Baldwin Auditorium with guest pianist Awadagin Pratt

Awadagin Pratt is a world renown pianist and the winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition. He has performed for two sitting Presidents and is a Professor of Piano at University of Cincinnati.

The quartet will begin the season, as it typically does, with classic pieces. This year's opening offers one twist: it will be the first time they perform Hayden's vivacious String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 50, no. 1.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the members of the Ciompi Quartet about their upcoming season and their relationship with Duke University. The Ciompi Quartet is Eric Pritchard and Hsiao-mei Ku on violin, Jonathan Bagg playing viola and Fred Raimi on cello.

Ciompi Quartet's upcoming Duke Performances feature North Carolinas'  Marcia Littley the founder of the Amernet String Quartet from Greenville (Nov 01, 2014), Durham's Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet (February 7, 2015) and fellow Durham native and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (Apr 11, 2015). 

For more information on performances by the Ciompi  Quartet click here.

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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