January 14, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-In the latest installment of the 2004-05 Music at Amherst Series, the Wihan String Quartet will offer a program that features Schubert's Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden" and Shostakovich's Quartet in A-flat Major, No. 10, Op. 118 on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Founded in 1985 while its members were studying at the Prague Academy, the Wihan Quartet has played in major venues throughout Europe, including the Opera de Bastille, Wigmore Hall, and Concertgebouw, claiming numerous first prizes at music competitions and recording 14 discs, including an ongoing Beethoven cycle.

The New York Times has praised the way the Wihan String Quartet work together. "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. Nobody leads. The music leads."

The latest information can be obtained from the Amherst College Concert Website at www.amherst.edu/~concerts. Admission to the concert is $22; senior citizens and Amherst College employees $19; and students $5. For more information and brochures call the Concert Office at 413/542-2195, or e-mail concert manager Michael Baumgarten at mhbaumgarten@amherst.edu.