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In a season already blessed with visits by renowned and emerging European string quartets, the local debut of the Transylvan String Quartet surely qualifies as the most unusual. Very little is known about the foursome except that its members are quite young (early 30s) and have been anointed as a quartet worthy of being subsidized by the government of Romania, a country that has bred legions of capable stringers trained in the sentiment-laden central European tradition. The advance word on the Transylvan is remarkably enthusiastic: in festivals throughout Europe and the U.S. they're the quartet du jour, a novelty with that Draculan name. As to be expected, the Transylvan--whose members are George Dudea and Nicusor Silaghi (violins), Marius Suarasan (viola), and Vasile Jucan (cello)--also serve as ambassadors for Romanian music. Quartet no. 2 by the 68-year-old composer and musicologist Pascal Bentoiu--who'd studied with George Enescu--will be introduced in this Chicago debut recital. Subtitled Consonances--a sly reference to Mozart's Dissonances Quartet--it takes the simplest of melodies, harmonies, and rhythms and transforms them into sounds that evoke the anxiety and despair of the urban industrial world. Also on the program are Mozart's D Major Divertimenti and Dvorak's Quartet in F Major (aka American). Friday, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th; 702-8068. TED SHEN

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Emile Bonte.


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