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The Ciompi Quartet with Benjamin Woods to perform at FMU, Feb. 7

            FLORENCE, S.C. – The Ciompi Quartet with Benjamin Woods will perform in concert at Francis Marion University, Tuesday, Feb. 7, in an FMU Department of Fine Arts Guest Recital.

            The performance, which is also a part of the David Marshall and Catherine Koger Burns Memorial Recital Series, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

            The Ciompi Quartet has a distinguished past dating to 1965, when the group was founded by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. The quartet currently travels widely to destinations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, while it continues to play a leading role in the cultural life of its home state through its residency at Duke University, where its members are on the music faculty. Joining the quartet for this concert on piano will be professor Benjamin Woods of FMU. 

            One of the featured works will be “Chambers: Attracted to the Light,” a recently completed string quartet by Sherry Woods of Florence. Based on the artwork in and around the North Carolina Museum of Art, the piece premiered at the museum in January. The recipient of the 2005 Miriam Gideon new music composition award presented by the International Alliance of Women in Music, Sherry Woods has also recently been an artist-in-residence at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Costa Rica as well as the top-voted applicant for a residency in the Wildacres Retreat Center. Sherry Woods has doctorates in viola and composition, is a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic, and is a solo artist for the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Community Tour Program.

            Benjamin and Sherry Woods are husband and wife.

            Performances by the Ciompi Quartet are known for their intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a unified sound that leaves room for the players’ individual voices. With a rare maturity and insight born of its considerable experience on the concert stage, the Ciompi Quartet projects the heart and soul of the music, in a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to works by today’s most communicative composers.

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Last Published: February 15, 2007 10:54 AM
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