FOUR MUSICIANS PLAY AS ONE – The Coast Reporter – October 31, 2008

Four musicians, four instruments playing as a single person with four hands – the St. Petersburg String Quartet, considered one of the best string quartets performing today, brings their reputation for excellence to Raven's Cry Theatre on Sunday, Nov.9.

The 2:30 p.m. concert is presented by the Coast Recital Society (CRS). The players will discuss their music at 1:30 prior to the performance.

The Quartet, formed in 1985 by graduates of the Leningrad Conservatory, represents the great Russian tradition of string quartet playing; they are particularly renowned for their interpretations of the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin, Serge Prokofiev and Alexander Glazunov.

The Quartet's musicians are Alla Aranovskaya and Alla Krolevich, violins; Boris Vayner, viola and Leonid Shukayev, cello. Their Sechelt concert program will include works by Shostakovich, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonin Dvorak.

CRS artistic director Frances Wainwright calls the St. Petersburg, "one of Russia's cultural treasures. We are so fortunate that such a brilliant quartet is touring Western Canada and is available to us. I predict a concert with unbeatable ensemble playing, flawless musical insight and heart-on-sleeve Russian emotion."

While on the Coast, as part of the CRS Artists in the Community program, the St. Petersburg String Quartet will also perform at Shorncliffe Intermediate Care, on Monday, Nov 10. For more information, call the CRS office at 604-886-8330 or email