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2004.11.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Ecoutez! at UNO Continues Nov. 9 with Vilnius String Quartet

Omaha - The 2004-05 Ecoutez! series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) continues Tuesday, Nov. 9, with the Vilnius String Quartet. The concert will begin at 7:30pm in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

This series is committed to bringing the highest calibre of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area, said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word 'ecoutez' is French for 'listen.' KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

The Vilnius String Quartet made its debut in 1965. By 1972, it won the highest award at the international string quartet competition in Liege (Belgium). In 1979, the ensemble received the Lithuanian National Award. The group, which has toured in 30 countries, performs around 80 concerts each year in Europe, Central and South America, Asia and Africa. This program is also sponsored by the Omaha Sister Cities Association Lithuanian Programs Committee.

The remainder of the 2004-05 Ecoutez! performance schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 23, Robert Belinic, guitar
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1981, Robert Belinic began to study classical guitar at age 11 at the music school in Kutina with Zvonko Susnjar. He then continued his studies with Ante Cagalj in Zagreb. Each year since 1995, Belinic has participated in the International Summer School for Guitar on the Croatian island of Hvar.

Saturday, Feb. 19, Bobby Shew, jazz trumpet
Jazz trumpet soloist Bobby Shew maintains a busy performing and private teaching schedule. Early in his career, he performed with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Della Reese and Buddy Rich. One of his albums, Outstanding in His Field, was nominated for a Grammy in 1980. Another, Heavy Company, was awarded the Jazz Album of the Year in 1983. Shew will be appearing in conjunction with the 33rd annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, April 5, Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Born in Minsk in the former Soviet Union, Alexander Fiterstein and his family emigrated to Israel when Alexander was two. He has studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy, and received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Fiterstein received a bachelor's degree and a graduate diploma from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich.

All Ecoutez! performances will begin at 7:30pm in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

Season tickets are $55. Ordering season tickets guarantees reserved parking adjacent to the Strauss Performing Arts Center and reserved seating for all concerts. Individual tickets are $15 for each performance.

All students are admitted free of charge with identification. Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call 402.554.3427.

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