Willamettes Distinguished Artist Series to Bring Two World-Renowned Groups

Willamette University's 2000-2001 Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series will present two world-renowned performance groups--Chanticleer, the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, and the Tokyo String Quartet.

San Francisco-based Chanticleer has developed a reputation over its 22-year history for an angelic interpretation of vocal literature, including renaissance, jazz and gospel. Prior to the main performance, Chanticleer will conduct a master class with the Willamette University Chamber Choir on Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at 4 p.m. in Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The master class is free and open to the public. The 12 male voices that form Chanticleer will perform Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on Willamette's campus.

Tokyo String QuartetThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of the world's leading quartets, has graced stages around the world for 33 years. The Tokyo quartet, made up of two violins, a viola and a cello, is known for its homogeneity of sound and precision. The Tokyo String Quartet will perform in Willamette's Smith Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Chanticleer and Tokyo String Quartet performances are available through Mid-Valley Arts Council, 503-370-7469, and through all Fred Meyer FASTIXX outlets. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.