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Concerts on April 25, 26, 28 and  29 and May 1 Are Centerpiece of Russian Festival

              New York, NY, April 5, 2006--The Alexander String Quartet will commemorate the upcoming centennial of Dimitri Shostakovich’s birth with a performance of the composer’s String Quartet Cycle.  The acclaimed ensemble, this year marking its 25th anniversary, has had a residency at Baruch College for the past 20 years. Each member of the group will receive the President’s Medal at the College’s May 31, 2006 Commencement ceremonies.

              The performance of the Shostakovich String Quartet Cycle is the centerpiece of the Spring 2006 Russian Festival, organized by Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. The festival also includes evenings of Russian film, theater and poetry, as well as an exhibition by a group of contemporary post-Soviet artists in the College’s Mishkin Gallery, on view through April 26, 2006.    

The Shostakovich concert program includes:

April 25:  String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 49 (1938), String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944), String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 (1946)

April 26:  String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83 (1949), String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 92 (1952), String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101 (1956)

April 28:  String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108 (1960), String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960), String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117 (1964)

April 29: String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major, Op. 118 (1964), String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966), String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133 (1968)

May 1: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138 (1970), String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, Op. 142 (1973), String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144 (1974)

      Panel Discussion:  Russian music specialists Dr. David Haas and Dr. Laurel Fay will participate in a panel discussion on April 29, 4-6 pm.  Free.

      Tickets are $25 (5 for $100); $15 for students and seniors and are available through at (212) 279-4200 or at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) Box Office. All concerts are at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave @ 25th St.

      The ASQ will be in residence at Baruch from April 24-May 1, 2006 and during this period, the musicians will perform and teach in some 15 college classes, including courses on Literature, Journalism, Writing and Directing as well as classes in Music History and Music in Civilization.  The San Francisco-based group regularly does cross-disciplinary work with students in colleges around the country.

       For more information on the ASQ, visit For additional information about the Baruch Russian Festival go to:

Contact: Zane Berzins, News and Public Information Director, (646) 660-6113,

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