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Sept. 20, 2002
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OSWEGO -- The award-winning Elements Quartet will discuss -- and play examples of -- their take on contemporary chamber music at a special "informance" at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall at SUNY Oswego.
An "informance" is a mix of an informational interactive session and a performance, according to Artswego Program Coordinator Mary Avrakotos. "These sessions have been successful in the past, as noteworthy performers coming to campus can enlighten and entertain audiences in an intimate setting," she said.
Informal events like this are an opportunity "to help pave the way for anyone who is interested in hearing us," said Elements Quartet violinist Evan Mirapaul. "Away from the concert hall, we welcome the chance to answer questions and to demonstrate that we are approachable and easygoing."
Mirapaul also welcomes the chance to connect with musicians, especially young ones. "Music is a daily part of our lives, and we are eager to invite others to have this music in their lives, too," he said. "The four of us have had four different roads to becoming professional musicians. I think we can talk about and represent to young musicians that there are many ways to travel to success in music."
He added that the quartet views every performance as an interactive one. "We talk to and with the audience at our performances and are committed to establishing a relaxed and informal atmosphere wherever we play," he said. "We are aware that some people find it challenging to find their way into classical music."
The quartet will give a full performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Tickets for the show cost $12 (or $10 for seniors, students and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).
For more information, or for reservations for the full performance, call 312-2141 or e-mail
In addition, a preview appetizer to the performance will be served at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the "river's end bookstore" in downtown Oswego during the city's final farmer's market of the season.
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