The Cavani String Quartet will open The Logan Series' 20th season

August 11, 2009

In September 1990, The Cavani String Quartet gave the debut performance for the newly created Music at Noon: The Logan Series. On Monday, Sept. 21, Cavani returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, to kick off a year-long celebration of 20 seasons of music, magic and arts education.

“We are thrilled to open this milestone season with Music at Noon’s most frequent guest artist,” said Gary Viebranz, series director. “The Cavanis bring energy and vitality to our stage and, as always, it’s exciting to share that vigor with hundreds of children at Diehl Elementary.”

Cavani’s free public performance celebrating The Logan Series’ 20th season will begin at noon in the McGarvey Commons of the college’s Reed Union Building. The concert is open to the public and will last approximately one hour.

A unique component of each Logan Series engagement is that the artists also perform a second concert for students at the City of Erie’s Diehl Elementary School.

An irresistible presence on stage and winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cavani String Quartet has been described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant.” Cavani has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions, and was the first recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award from Chamber Music America.

The quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS television.

Cavani is quartet-in-residence at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, where it developed the Apprentice Quartet Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar and New Quartet Project for students devoted to the serious study of chamber music. Additionally, Cavani has pioneered arts-in-education outreach programs across the nation that add poetry, painting, theatre and dance to the medium of string quartet.

Music at Noon: The Logan Series was founded at Penn State Behrend in 1989 by Kay Logan, who for 20 years was principal flutist with the Columbus Symphony. Her desire to present world-class chamber music in an informal, non-intimidating setting honors her late husband, Harry A. Logan, who was an ardent advocate for bringing arts and other cultural enrichment to northwestern Pennsylvania when the couple resided in Warren, where he was CEO of United Refining Co. Kay Logan is affiliated with several national arts education projects and is a former Trustee of Chautauqua Institution.

The Logan Series’ unique musical outreach has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The series receives major support from the Kay Logan Trust and additional funding from the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and the Erie Arts Endowment of ArtsErie.

Also appearing in The Logan Series this fall will be Bassoon in the Wild on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Ethos Percussion Group on Wednesday, Nov. 18. For additional information about the series or The Cavani String Quartet performance, contact Viebranz at (814) 898-6289.


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Last Updated August 14, 2009