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Kapilow and St. Lawrence String Quarter in concert Feb. 25

Composer and conductor Robert Kapilow will present an interactive concert titled "What Makes It Great" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

With the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's ensemble-in-residence, Kapilow will explore Haydn's String Quartet No. 5, Op. 76.

Described by various music critics as the "Leonard Bernstein of the '90s" and a "brash, brilliant and hyperkinetic maestro," Kapilow makes the world of classical music more accessible to audiences. He has taken "What Makes It Great," a full-length concert evening, to venues throughout the United States, including New York's Lincoln Center.

Kapilow considers himself a crusader for making music something that is experienced viscerally rather than intellectually by audiences.

"They have to live and hear and feel the experience of music physically . . . [then] they have some ownership of it," he says.

Kapilow is the conductor and creative director of "Family Musik" and "City Musik" for the Bank of Boston Celebrity Series. His Koch recording of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham won a National Parent's Choice Award and has been called "the most successful piece written for families in this half century."

In recent years Kapilow has conducted the National Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is seen on public television, heard regularly on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and often is a guest on NPR's "Weekend Edition."

The St. Lawrence String Quartet is Stanford University's ensemble-in-residence. Named after the St. Lawrence River that cuts across the North American continent, the ensemble has strong ties to both Canada and the United States. Geoff Nuttall, first violin, moved from his native Texas to London, Ontario, and studied at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. Barry Shiffman, second violin, was born and educated in Toronto, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. Lesley Robertson, viola, received her first degree from the University of British Columbia and advanced degrees from the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Marina Hoover, cello, earned degrees at the Curtis Institute and Yale University. Both Robertson and Hoover are Edmonton natives.

Tickets at $15 general admission and $10 for students may be purchased at Stanford Ticket Office, (650) 725-2787, or at the door.



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