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A beauty has returned to Hughes-Strong Auditorium. The white oak floor, original to the facility built in 1926, has been restored to its original splendor. A professional team stripped the paint, sanded, restained and varnished the original floor. This and other events planned for the fall semester offer music and theater enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy not only the performances, but also admire the restored gem. – Hector Cobos photoA beauty has returned to Hughes-Strong Auditorium. The white oak floor, original to the facility built in 1926, has been restored to its original splendor. A professional team stripped the paint, sanded, restained and varnished the original floor. This and other events planned for the fall semester offer music and theater enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy not only the performances, but also admire the restored gem. – Hector Cobos photo
**For Immediate Release** Harrington String Quartet to Perform at OPSU Dr. Matthew Saunders on 09/11/2008

Goodwell, Okla. — The Harrington String Quartet will present a concert in Hughes-Strong Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 21.

The quartet, which is based at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, will present compositions by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich in a concert that represents a summary of the string quartet medium from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. A pre-concert talk hosted by Dr. Matthew Saunders, music department chair and quartet violinist Keith Redpath will begin at 1:15pm in Hughes-Strong Auditorium.

The Harrington String Quartet, founded in 1981, consists of violinists Tomas Cotik and Keith Redpath, violist Jennifer Snyder Kozoroz and cellist Emmanuel Lopez. The quartet was established by a generous gift from the late Sybil B. Harrington to benefit West Texas A&M University, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and the Panhandle community. Throughout its history, the quartet distinguished itself in performances throughout Texas, the United States, and abroad. Highlights of the quartet’s history include: winning the 1987 Fischoff National String Quartet Competition; a 2004 New York debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall; a Texas tour featuring George Crumb’s Black Angels; and the PBS documentary A Sound Collaboration – The Harrington String Quartet. The quartet has also enjoyed collaborations with world renowned artists including David Shifrin, Pepe Romero, James Dick, William Preucil, James Dunham, Robert Levin, Arthur Rowe, and members of the Cavani, Miró, and Pro Arte String Quartets.

This performance will be the first concert in Hughes-Strong Auditorium since the completion of improvements over the summer, which included restoration of the stage to its original natural wood finish and the installation of a sound system.

General admission tickets are available at the door for $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors (55 or over). Admission is free for OPSU and high school students, faculty and staff. To reserve tickets in advance, contact Matthew Saunders at (580) 349-1483 or matthew.saunders@opsu.edu.

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