September 24, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-In the next concert in the Music at Amherst series, the Endellion String Quartet will perform an evening of quartets of Beethoven (op. 131) and Mozart (K. 499), as well as "Arcadiana," written for the Endellion by Thomas Ados, The concert is on Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College.

The Endellion String Quartet-Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza, violins; Garfield Jackson, viola; and David Waterman, cello-was founded in 1979 and won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best chamber ensemble in 1997. The quartet-in-residence at Cambridge University since 1992, the Endellion has undertaken two short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which were so successful that the quartet was awarded an honorary degree. In 1997 the quartet was honored with the Royal Philharmonic Society's award for best chamber ensemble and the following year performed Ados' Arcadiana on a recording that won a Gramophone Award.

The Endellion has been heard by audiences throughout Europe and around the world, through performances at major musical centers and recordings for EMI and Virgin Classics. The Daily Telegraph (London) wrote, "The Endellion String Quartet has forged a distinct performing style based not just on an impressive technical mastery of a wide-ranging repertory but also on an incontrovertible sense of style and perhaps above all on the fact that the players so obviously relish playing.... They set the audience ablaze.

Admission to the concert is $21, senior citizens $18, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at