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Vinca Quartet At Schools, In Concerts

For third time this year

For the third time this year, Columbia Gorge Arts in Education is delighted to bring the Vinca Quartet, an award-winning string quartet to the Columbia Gorge for two weeks of in-school residencies and community concerts.

Vinca's visit is part of the larger Gorgeous Sounds program, which works to enhance the culture of classical music in the Gorge.

The Vincas are a dynamic young stringed quartet whose work has been hailed as "stunning" and "worth keeping an eye on" by the New York Times.

In addition to performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Vincas have a strong educational outreach program which fulfills their mission of spreading the power and beauty of classical music to new audiences.

They will visit the Gorge three times this year, for over five weeks of residencies and community concerts.

On this visit, the Quartet will visit the concert bands and music classes at Henkle Middle School and Columbia High School. They will emphasize the communicative aspect of music, as well as leadership development through performance.

This visit is partially underwritten by generous support from the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation.

The Quartet will also visit Klickitat School, as well as schools in Oregon.

Finally, the Quartet will perform two community concerts: one at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at Bethel Congregational Church and one at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 9, at Hawks Ridge Retirement Community in Hood River. They will be performing works by Beethoven and Mozart.

Donations ($5 children; $10 adults) will be appreciated.

Concerts are produced in partnership with the Gorge Music Series; the entire visit is underwritten by the Herbert Templeton Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission.

For more information, contact Columbia Gorge Arts in Education at lgaines@hoodriver.k12.or.us; 541-387-5031.

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