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Chamber music times two

Chamber Music Concerts will present two performances by the Mandelring Quartet with clarinetist Robert Plane. The concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The program for the evening concert on Feb. 29 will feature Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K. 581; and Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major. The March 1 matinee will feature Piotr Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30; Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108; and Johannes Brahms' Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115.

The Mandelring Quartet and Robert Plane will also present free educational outreach programs: convocation for SOU music majors, a lecture and performance, at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at the SOU Music Recital Hall; and a clarinet master class by Robert Plane at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, featuring clarinetists from the studio of SOU woodwinds professor Rhett Bender and other area studios.

The Mandelring Quartet has performed concert tours throughout Europe where the ensemble has won a number of competitions. The quartet also has performed at concert halls in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The ensemble invites eminent soloists from Germany and abroad and collaborates with them to put together varied programs using widely differing instrumental combinations. Live concerts and studio recordings by the Mandelring Quartet are broadcast by the main German radio stations and by international broadcasters, including Belgian, Dutch and Swiss radio, Radio France and the BBC.

Since clarinetist Plane won the Royal Overseas League competition in 1992, he has enjoyed a successful career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. As soloist he has appeared in major halls across Europe.

He performs and broadcasts with his duo partner Sophia Rahman, as a member of the Plane Dukes Rahman Trio (clarinet, viola and piano) and the septet, mobius. He has played chamber music in South America, Korea and Taiwan and much of Europe including France, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Malta and the Channel Islands. He is making his United States debut this year in his performances with the Mandelring Quartet.

Tickets are $26 and $30, and $5 for students.

For more information about CMC see www.sou.edu/cmc or call 552-6154.

The Mandelring Quartet will be joined by clarinetist Robert Plane in a concert of chamber music. - Chamber Music Concerts