One last musical chance before break

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Music majors taking part in the “Student Chamber Music” performance have one last hoop to jump through before they can return home for Thanksgiving Break.

Taking place at 4:10 p.m. today in Bryan Hall Theatre, the “Student Chamber Music” concert is made up of a graduate level piano trio, two undergraduate string quartets, and a couple of woodwind quartets.

“This concert is an accumulation of the work that students have been putting in all semester long,” said Ruth Boden, assistant professor of music at WSU.

One of the most difficult aspects of chamber music is that it is performed without the leadership of a conductor, Boden said.

“This puts a lot of responsibility on the performers to not only know their own parts extremely well, but those of their peers,” she said.

The concert will consist of a number of chamber music standards, including songs by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Milhaud, and Danzi.

One stand out piece will be Prokofiev’s composition “1st String Quartet,” which is unusual to hear live, and even more unusual to hear performed by a student quartet, Boden said.

“These students have worked extremely hard to prepare a particularly challenging movement of the work,” she said.

The concert is free to attend for everyone and will run for about an hour.

 Reporting by Dustin VandeHoef