In an intimate, stirring Sunday, May 6, 2012 afternoon recital, the CATALYST QUARTET will perform works by classical and contemporary composers.  The 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center Pavilion program will include Ravel’s “String Quartet in F Major,” Webern’s “Langsamer Satz,” Ginastera’s “String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26,” and modern-day composer Jesse Montgomery’s “Strum.”

Cal Poly Arts presents the Catalyst Quartet, whom the New York Times called “invariably energetic and finely burnished,” declaring that the Quartet plays with “earthly vigor.”

The Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. The mission of the ensemble is to advance diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, members of the Catalyst Quartet combine a serious commitment to diversity, excellence and education with a passion for accessible modern works, bringing what they refer to as “hidden music” into the musical mainstream.

Student and adult tickets for the performance are $22 and $28 for general seating and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.

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10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. (Not applicable to student rates)

Sponsored by Popolo Café & Catering.

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