September 22, 2014
Contact: David Shefsiek
or 403.328.6808 x 104

Lethbridge Symphony Chamber Series presents Gypsy Love
Sounds of Eastern Europe to fill CASA Arts Centre as part of Lethbridge Arts Days

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Symphony presents the Musaeus String Quartet and guest artist Sandra Stringer, mezzo-soprano in an evening of chamber music inspired by the sounds of Eastern European Folk Music on Friday, September 26 at 8 PM in CASA’s Community Room. Works of Haydn, Shostakovich, Dvorak and Brahms will be performed.

“Dance rhythms and big melodies dominate the folk music of Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia. They are at often joyous, sometimes melancholy, and always go straight to the heart. The works we have selected are united by this tradition, but span nearly 200 years,” notes Norbert Boehm, LSO Concertmaster. “I grew up on these melodies, they ring in my soul.”

The program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 54 No. 2, written when in service to the Esterhazy Court in Hungary and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4, which celebrates Russian traditions. The centerpiece of the concert is Dvořàk’s Gypsy Songs, which feature Dr. Stringer in a cycle of songs that celebrate the bohemian traditions of the Czech Republic. The concert concludes with flashy encore-style favourites by Brahms and Monti familiar to music audiences.

Gypsy Love is presented as part of Lethbridge Arts Days (September 21-28), a season opening week of events that shine a spotlight on our local arts community. Events include The Word On The Street: National Book & Magazine Festival, 11th Annual ArtWalk, and M:ST Performative Art Festival Lethbridge. A full schedule can be found on the Allied Arts Council website (

The Chamber Series continues on November 7, 2014 with Romance: Old & New, featuring pianist Glen Montgomery and Musaeus in a program to include Mendelssohn, Dvořàk and a recent composition by former LSO Music Director Stewart Grant entitled Entr-amis.

Tickets for Gypsy Love are $35, and are available anytime at, or Monday through Friday, 1 – 5 PM by calling 403.328.6808. Flexible subscription packages are still available, and audience members aged 15-29 can sign up for the LSO Access Pass and receive further discounts.