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Chamber Music Concerts present oboist

Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) will present Cuarteto Casals and oboist Thomas Gallant on Saturday, March — at 8 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $26 to $30, with a student price of $5. Call 552-6154 for tickets, or visit CMC's Web site at /cmc for more information. The program includes Josef Fiala's Quartet No. 2 for Oboe and Strings; F. J. Haydn's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54 no. 2; W. A. Mozart's Quartet in F Major Oboe and Strings, K. 370; and Franz Schubert's String Quartet in G Major, Op. 161, D. 887. The group will also present an educational outreach program for students at St. Mary's School in Medford on Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m., sponsored by Bob Wendy Phillips.

Since its founding in Madrid in 1997, the Cuarteto Casals has quickly become recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished young string quartets. This Spanish quartet &

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has garnered extensive critical acclaim and has won top prizes at many international competitions, including First Prize at the 2000 London International String Quartet Competition and First Prize at the Johannes Brahms International String Quartet Competition in Hamburg (2002). In September 2000, the ensemble was honored with the Catalonian Music Critics Prize. They have performed at the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Lincoln Center (New York), Beethovenhaus (Bonn), Philharmonie (Berlin), Library of Congress (Washington), Konzerthaus (Wien), Weill Reciatal Hall (New York), Philharmonie (Cologne) and tours throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. The Cuarteto Casals is currently quartet in residence at leading Spanish conservatories in Barcelona and Zaragoza.

Thomas Gallant is one of the world's few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. He is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition, and his performances have taken him to New York's Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Weill Recital Hall; to the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Vienna Konzerthaus; and to the Ravinia and Spoleto Festivals. Gallant has collaborated with the Kronos, Lark, and Colorado String Quartets, harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, and flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal and Paula Robison, among others. His performances have been broadcast on the BBC, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio.

Chamber Music Concerts is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about CMC, please call 552-6154 or visit /cmc.