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Ceruti String Quartet Opens Sclater Music Series at Mississippi College

Ceruti String Quartet performs at Mississippi College on November 16.
Ceruti String Quartet performs at Mississippi College on November 16.

Internationally acclaimed musicians, Ceruti String Quartet members have performed to rave reviews before audiences stretching from New York’s famed Carnegie Hall to stages in Brazil.

These four talented musicians from the University of Memphis are booked for a November 16 concert at Mississippi College.

Their performance on the Clinton campus is the first of two major events in the Sclater Chamber Music Series in 2018-19.

The Ceruti String Quartet consists of faculty members at the Memphis university’s Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The group includes violinists Marcin Arendt and Timothy Shiu, with Lenny Schranze featured on viola. Kimberly Patterson plays the cello.

First organized in 1994, the Ceruti String Quartet appeared at such venues as the Goethe Institute in New York City, the Ford Center in Oxford, Mississippi, and the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Members have served as summer program faculty at the Colorado Music Festival and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Located in northwest Michigan, the Interlochen summer camp serves more than 1,300 gifted young artists in grades 3-12 each year.

The Ceruti String Quartet is dedicated to fostering interest in chamber music for the next generation of audiences and performers. Ceruti members have been featured artists with the Memphis Chamber Music Society and the Governor’s School for the Arts in South Carolina.

The Mississippi College concert series is named for award-winning composer and retired MC music professor James Sclater. The Clinton resident served four decades with the Christian university’s Music Department faculty and was a mentor to many musicians. Dr. Sclater continues to perform at major events on the Clinton campus and elsewhere in metro Jackson.

The Sclater series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. that Friday night at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall on the Clinton campus. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students.

Other Music Department programs booked for the Fall include the MC Singers September 9 at First Baptist Church Clinton. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free.

The MC Jazz Band will perform on the Brick Streets in Olde Towne Clinton on October 12. The 6 p.m. concert is free and the public is invited.

For more information, contact Dottie Serio of the MC Music Department at 601-925-3440.