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Quartet's concert geared for broad audience

November 23, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

The Gallery Quartet is preparing for a Russian resurgence - the celebration of the centenary of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's birth on Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

The Gallery Quartet, which has been the quartet-in-residence at the museum for 29 years, will open the day's program with Shostakovich's Piano Quintet. The quartet has invited guest artist Adelaide Edelson, a pianist from Silver Spring, Md. Other quartet musicians include cellist Vsevolod Lezhnev of Falls Church, Va.; violinists Cari Tretter of Rockville, Md., and Mark Kapeluck of Arlington, Va.; and violist Jere Stern of Baltimore.

Stern, the quartet's coordinator, described Shostakovich's Piano Quintet as concise and serious but "approachable to new listeners." The piece consists of five movements, which strike a balance between musical contrast and beautiful melody without the "sappy" aftertaste, Stern said.

To balance out the show, the quartet will follow Piano Quintet with a more "romantic and relaxing" piece by Antonin Dvorak, String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major.

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WHAT: Gallery Quartet concert, featuring pianist Adelaide Edelson and celebrating the works of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Free

MORE: Call the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 301-739-5727, or go to WCMFA.org on the Web.

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