Montclaire String Quartet to perform Sept. 15

Davis & Elkins College opens its 2013-2014 Recital Series with a free performance by the Montclaire String Quartet at 2 p.m. Sept. 15, in the Great Hall of Halliehurst. A reception will follow the concert.

Seating for the concert is limited and reservations are recommended by calling 304-637-1255 or visiting the Arts and Entertainment page at

The program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Quartet in F major, K 590” and “Johannes Brahms’ Quartet in B-flat major,” Op. 67.

Current Montclaire members are Amelia Chan, violin; Anton Shelepov, violin; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola; and Andrea Di Gregorio, cello.

The Montclaire String Quartet is celebrating its 24th year as quartet-in-residence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with the 2013-2014 season. In addition to performing its own four-concert series in Charleston and recitals around the state, each of the quartet members serves as the principal of the Symphony’s string sections.

Montclaire is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Organization given by the Charleston Fund for the Arts. The ensemble also has been a prize winner in The Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula Competition, Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Evian International String Quartet Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. They have previously held positions as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. For many summers, Montclaire was featured as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

The quartet recently gave the world premiere of West Virginia composer David Williams’s String Quartet No. 1, as well as a presentation of “Black Angels” by West Virginia composer George Crumb.

A large part of Montclaire’s mission is to bring classical music to children throughout West Virginia, and the Quartet plays approximately 70 uniquely innovative programs per year, reaching as many as 14,000 youths of all ages annually. A special educational concert was broadcast throughout the state on a one-hour West Virginia Public Broadcasting special for the Arts and Letters series at the Governor’s Mansion.