February 26, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-The Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals will present the next concert in the Music at Amherst Series on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The Casals will perform string quartets of Debussy (Op. 10) and Brahms (C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1), as well as Mozart's Five Fugues Transcribed from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

Since its founding in Madrid in 1997, the Cuarteto Casals has quickly become recognized as one of today's most outstanding young string quartets. The first Spanish quartet to ever take part in international competitions, it was awarded the Yehudi Menuhin First Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition in 2000, as well as top prizes in competitions in Florence and Reggio Emilia. The Cuarteto Casals has made appearances throughout Spain, and also in London, Paris, Milan, Belfast, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Munich and Bonn, as well as throughout the United Kingdom and South America. The Belfast Telegraph called them "Definitely the best string quartet heard in a long time."

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 www.amherst.edu/~concerts/.