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Lafayette String Quartet to perform at OU

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Lafayette String Quartet to perform at OU
The critically-acclaimed Lafayette String Quartet will return home to Oakland University on April 12 for a benefit concert for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Having just celebrated its own 20th anniversary season, a professional rarity, the ensemble will appear as part of OU’s 50th anniversary celebration and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Global Citizenship theme.

Uniquely comprised of all women, the Lafayette String Quartet was founded at OU in 1986 by former artist-in-residence Joanna Hood and former faculty member Pamela Highbaugh Aloni. In 1991 the ensemble moved to Canada to become artists-in-residence at the University of Victoria, where they are still actively engaged.

In addition to teaching and performing, the Lafayette String Quartet has made eight professional recordings and has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Their lives as musicians are chronicled in the book “The Four and the One” by author David Rounds.

The quartet’s performance will feature works by Haydn, Schafer and Dvorak. Also featured will be guest artist and former OU faculty member Flavio Varani.

The concert will take place in Varner Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Tickets are available through or by calling (248) 370-3013. Prices are $50 for VIP, $25 general admission, and $10 student.