Litton Quartet Hosts a Premiere and Two Guests

Posted on 2/17/2015 10:28:00 AM

The Litton String Quartet’s concert on Tuesday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall will feature the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and a new work by the quartet’s first violinist, Stanley Chepaitis.

Litton QuartetChepaitis’ “Three Songs for Medium Voice and String Quartet” draw their texts from T.S. Eliot’s poetic cycle, Four Quartets. This monumental and highly influential work of poetry was first published in 1943. Raquel Winnica-Young, of the vocal faculty, will join the quartet for this performance.

To begin the concert, faculty oboist and Music Department Chair Stephanie Caulder will join the quartet in performing Mozart’s “Quartet for Oboe and Strings.” The performance will end with the Litton Quartet’s performance of the challenging and beautiful “Quartet, op. 51 no.1” by Johannes Brahms.

The Litton String Quartet is comprised of two members of the IUP string faculty, Stanley Chepaitis and Linda Jennings, and two additional artists, Swana Chepaitis and Raul Faure. The quartet offers a series of three concerts per year which explore new works as well as standard repertoire for string quartet. These concerts frequently include work with collaborative artists.

The quartet’s performances are made possible through an endowment made to the Department of Music by the late Robin Litton, who was an IUP alumnus and a successful television producer.