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Amani String Quartet April 2

March 31, 2010

In their final concert as Colorado State University's graduate string quartet, the Amani String Quartet will perform Mozart, Britten, and Brahms.

Pictured from left to right: Cynthia Drexler, viola; Lisa Espinosa, cello, Kaleigh McCool, violin, and Wyatt True, violin.

Friday, April 2
7:30 p.m.
Organ Recital Hall
University Center for the Arts

Colorado State University’s resident graduate string quartet – the Amani String Quartet – perform their final concert as students on Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. 


Tickets are $12 for the public, $7 for Colorado State students, and $1 for youth ages 2 to 17.

Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

A beautiful finale

In their final concert as CSU’s graduate string quartet, Wyatt True, violin, Kaleigh McCool, violin, Cynthia Drexler, viola, and Lisa Espinosa, cello, perform Mozart’s String Quartet in C major, Dissonance, K465, Britten’s Three Divertimenti, Brahms’ String Quartet in C minor, Op 51, No 1.

Quartet thanks the community

Quartet performances at CSU have been very popular. “This final performance is our thank you to the university, Jim and Wendy Franzen of, and the community, for their support,” said cellist Lisa Espinosa.

The Graduate String Quartet Program was made possible by a $40,000 gift from Jim and Wendy Franzen of was launched in fall 2008. The program is directed at developing artistic and business related aspects for a successful string quartet career.

In addition to daily rehearsal time, dedicated state-of-the-art ensemble rehearsal space, and weekly coaching, quartet members participate in MasterClasses and seminars with visiting guest artists, are provided teaching experience opportunities, perform chamber music concerts, and have participation opportunities in Northern Colorado’s four professional symphonies.

The quartet's graduate students

Wyatt True

Wyatt True is pursuing a Master in Music in Violin Performance at CSU. He currently studies violin with Ron Francois, Ph.D., and chamber music with Margaret Miller. Wyatt is concertmaster of the CSU Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Cheyenne Symphony.

Kaleigh McCool

Kaleigh McCool grew up in Colorado, where she studied violin with Vincent LeMoine and Vladimir Petrov of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and with Linda Wang at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance.

She is currently studying with Claude Sim, is assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is working for her Master of Music in Violin Performance at CSU.

Cynthia Drexler

Cynthia Drexler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California. She has extensive teaching experience, both privately in San Diego area and also as adjunct professor at SD Christian College.

She also has owned her own string ensemble, Camelot Strings, performing for numerous weddings and corporate events, while also performing with San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and L'Orchesta de Baja California. Cynthia is enjoying being a member of the Graduate String Quartet at CSU and is also pursuing her Master of Music in Music Therapy.

Lisa Espinosa

Lisa Espinosa, a native of Miami, graduate of the University of Miami and student of George Ricci, moved to Fort Collins to join the CSU Graduate String Quartet and study cello with Barbara Thiem. She is now working towards her Master in Music degree alongside her three talented colleagues.

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Contact: Jennifer Clary