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Bench MARKS

Magazine article Strings

Bench MARKS

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Cleveland Bound

The celebrated MIRÓ QUARTET has been awarded the 2005 Cleveland Quartet Award, a biennial honor conferred by Chamber Music America to identify, honor, and promote an exceptional young string quartet. The award provides the Miró with concert appearances in the United States that mirror the Cleveland Quartet's last tour. As well as performing in concerts, the Miró Quartet will do outreach activities in the community around each venue. The Miró Quartet is the fifth ensemble to receive this prestigious award.

Previous winners are the Brentano Quartet (1997), the Borromeo String Quartet (1999), the Miami String Quartet (2001), and the Pacifica Quartet (2003). During the coming 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, the Miro Quartet will perform in the following chamber-music series as a result of the Cleveland Quartet Award: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York City); Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, DC); Buffalo Chamber Music Society; Chamber Music Society of Detroit; Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Texas at Austin; Friends of Chamber Music (Kansas City, Missouri); and Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).

Fiddle Sticks

After an eight-year absence, the GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP is returning this fall. The contest, which helped launch the careers of ALISON KRAUSE and MARK O'CONNOR, used to be the nation's premier fiddle contest. It ran continuously from 1972 to 1997 and was sponsored by the legendary WSM radio station and the Grand Ole Opry. The revived contest will be held on October 28 and 29 in Nashville in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2005 World of Bluegrass events. For registration and scheduling information, visit www.grandmasterfiddler.com.

The Sphinx Winners

The Sphinx Organization, which helps promote the careers of young African-American and Hispanic string players, has announced the winners of its 2005 competition held in Detroit. …

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