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Fischoff season begins with concert, programs

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame-based Fischoff National Chamber Music Association will present the prize-winning Fry Street Quartet in concert Thursday (Jan. 31) at 7:30p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance, which is part of the University’s Henkels Lecture Series, is free for Notre Dame faculty, staff and students with tickets required. Admission for others is $15 for the general public, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Ticket information is available at the performing arts center box office or by visiting on the Web or calling 574-631-2800.

Founded in Chicago in 1997, the Fry Street Quartet won the grand prize in the 2000 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The group also has won prizes at the Yellow Springs and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, and currently is a faculty quartet-in-residency at the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University.

The quartet will spend one week at Notre Dame through the Fischoff arts-in-education residency program, participating in a series of educational outreach programs, to include a story hour at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

The 35th annual Fischoff Competition is set to take place at Notre Dame from May 9 to 11 with participants vying for a total of $24,500 in prizes, including a $7,500 grand prize and a 2008 grand prize Midwest winner’s tour and select appearances at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. More information is available at on the Web.

The Fischoff Competition was founded in 1973 by Joseph E. Fischoff and the South Bend Chamber Music Society to encourage young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. It is the only national chamber music competition with both senior and junior divisions and also is the largest, with some 50 participating ensembles comprised of three to six performers in both wind and string categories.

Contact: Pam O’Rourke, Fischoff Association, 574-631-2903,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on January 28, 2008.