October 12, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— The Wihan Quartet will present the second concert in the 2000-01 Music at Amherst Series on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The program includes two Beethoven Quartets, Op. 18, No. 3, and Op. 127; and Janácek’s Quartet No. 1, the “Kreutzer Sonata.”

The Wihan Quartet, named after Hanus Wihan, the founder and cellist of the Bohemian Quartet, was formed in 1985 by students at the Prague Academy, studying with Antonin Kohout of the Smetana Quartet. They went on to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich under Heins Endres.

The members of the quartet—Leoš Cepický, first violin, Jan Schulmeister, second violin, Jirí Zigmund, viola and Aleš Kasprík, cello—are all laureates of many competitions. The Wihan Quartet has received awards in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy and Japan, and has performed all over the world.

The Los Angeles Times praised the Wihan Quartet’s sound: “a remarkably unified, dark, polished-hardwood blend,” and wrote that “chamber musicmaking doesn’t get more emotional than this very often.” According to The New York Times, “the sound these Czech musicians make—beautifully balanced, centered in warm, dark regions of tone color, musical in every part—is deeply pleasurable and also deeply traditional.”

Admission to the concert is $18, senior citizens $15, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at http://www.amherst.edu/~concerts/.