String Octet to Play Free Show at Gardner-Webb

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Blanton Auditorium to Host Public Concert on Sunday, Oct. 5

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — A world-class string octet will perform at Gardner-Webb University on Sunday, Oct. 5, in a free program presented by the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts.

The strings group will present selections that will include Shostakovich’s “Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11” and Enescu’s “Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7.”

“This is tremendous music being played by some of the world’s finest string players,” said Dr. Patricia Sparti, chair of GWU’s music department.

Members of the octet include musicians who perform with the Charlotte Symphony and other orchestras, as well as college and university professors from Gardner-Webb and other schools in the region.  Performers are violinists Calin Lupanu, Joseph Meyer, Monica Boboc and Fabian Lopez; violists Benjamin Geller and Simon Ertz; and cellists Jonathan Lewis and Joy Payton-Stevens.

The concert is set to begin at 3 p.m. in Gardner-Webb’s Blanton Auditorium, located in Hamrick Hall on the University’s main campus.

For more information, contact Sparti at 704-466-4710.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).