Summer Serenades: A Festival of Music at Queens University of Charlotte

May 26, 2009

Charlotte, N.C. – The Friends of Music at Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to announce three live performances as part of its 2009 Summer Serenades: A Festival of Music at Queens.

·          Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m.:

Terzetto Piano Trio featuring Tanya Ell, cellist; Diana Cohen, violinist; and Renata Gutman, pianist

Praised by critics for her “incredible flair, maturity and insight,” violinist Diana Cohen was appointed concertmaster

of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in September 2007. The youngest cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra, Tanya Ell has performed with such notable musicians as Edgar Meyer and the Juilliard and Miró String Quartets. Pianist Renata Gutman has performed across three continents with orchestras like the Jerusalem Symphony. Most recently, she performed at Leon Fleisher’s Beethoven workshop at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.


                Haydn Trio, Schumann’s Four Fantasiestücke, OP. 88, Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 100

(Complimentary Victorian ice cream social follows the concert.)

·          Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m.:

The Parker String Quartet with David Bell, clarinet; William Hoyt, horn; George Pope, flute; Barry Stees, oboe; Cynthia Watson, bassoon; and Inessa Zaretsky, piano

Just three months after winning the 2005 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Quartet captured first prize and the Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, sparking international acclaim. Equally at home in a celebrated concert hall or a downtown club, the Parker Quartet embraces opportunities to bring their performances to new audiences in non-traditional venues.


Haydn Divertimento, Piazolla’s String Quartet, the world premiere of Sextet for Piano and Winds by pianist Inessa Zaretsky, and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, Op. 11

(Complimentary Italian gelato night follows the concert.)

·          Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m.:

The Parker String Quartet with Paul Nitsch, pianist and Artist-in-Residence at Queens

Program: Haydn’s Divertimento a tre, Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet for

Piano and Strings

(Complimentary Divine Desserts follows the concert.)

Each performance will be held in Dana Auditorium in the E.H. Little Fine Arts Center at Queens (1900 Selwyn Avenue). Tickets are $20 per show or $50 for all three. Students of all ages are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (box office and will-call will open at 6 p.m. each concert night). For more information, call 704-337-2213, e-mail or visit

The mission of the Friends of Music at Queens is to enhance the quality of musical life at Queens and in the Charlotte metropolitan area by sponsoring professional chamber music concerts at Queens University of Charlotte, educational outreach projects, and by providing support for selected projects of the Queens University of Charlotte Department of Music. For more information on Friends of Music, please visit

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication and Hayworth College for adult programs.
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