Litton Quartet to Perform Two World Premieres

Posted on 4/6/2011 8:58:55 AM

IUP’s resident faculty string quartet will perform two world premieres on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall.

The two works feature compositions by faculty composers David Martynuik and Jack Stamp. Dr. Martynuik’s work is titled “Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet” and will feature Dr. Martynuik as clarinetist. “String Quartet No. 1,” by Jack Stamp, is a four-movement work. It is dedicated to faculty members Irvin Kauffman and the late Irving Godt.

The Litton Quartet will also perform Beethoven’s Op. 59, no. 3 string quartet.

The Litton Quartet features faculty members Stanley Chepaitis and Linda Jennings. In addition, area professionals Swana Chepaitis and Raul Faure complete the quartet.

The ensemble is named for the late Robin Litton. Mr. Litton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He taught music and served as a band director at Grahamville High School in the New York State Public School System before entering the field of television production.

During the 1970s, Mr. Litton worked as program coordinator for ABC-TV entertainment and was senior program coordinator for Special Events for ABC-TV News during the 1980s. He produced many major events, including both Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions, launchings of the space shuttle, and the French bicentennial parade and celebrations.

Mr. Litton was named a Distinguished Alumnus of IUP in 1982 and served as a member of the IUP Alumni Association board of directors. He was a member of Kappa Delta Rho social fraternity and Phi Mu Sinfonia professional musicians fraternity.

His generous gift to the Music Department has allowed for the formation of this superb musical ensemble.