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The Very Necessary String Quartet, a group of four international soloists--Philippe Djokic, Linda Rosenthal, Mary Ruth Ray, and Susan Salm--will perform two great favorites: Mozart K.458 (the "Hunt") and Schubert D.810 ("Death and the Maiden") on Tuesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Reed College chapel, following a master class for the Reed College String Quartet. The master class and concert, which are sponsored by the Reed College music department, are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

A student of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the prestigious Fritz Kreisler Prize, violinist Philippe Djokic is now one of Canada's leading soloists and also professor of violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A guest artist at summer festivals in Montreal and throughout the United States, Djokic has most recently recorded the Delius Concerto to great critical acclaim.

A student of Jascha Heifetz at USC, Josef Gingold at Indiana, and Oscar Shumsky at the Juilliard School, violinist Linda Rosenthal has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and on tour under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. Rosenthal is founder and artistic director of Juneau Jazz and Classics and professor of music at the University of Alaska.

As violist of the Lydian String Quartet, Mary Ruth Ray has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. As a 1984 winner of the Naumburg Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, she won debuts at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Library of Congress. Ray is a recording artist with CRI, Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, and New World Records. Since 1980 she has been an artist in residence on the faculty of Brandeis University.

Presented in her New York debut at Carnegie Hall as prizewinner of the Concert Artists Guild Award, cellist Susan Salm studied at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro and in the master classes of Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, and Gregor Piatigorsky. She is a frequent guest artist at the Beethoven festivals of London and Sheffield, and at numerous Mozart festivals throughout Europe. A founding member of the renown Raphael Trio, Salm is a recording artist for Nonesuch and Sony Records, and visiting artist at the Hartt School of Music.

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