Peter Schickele, Lark Quartet to perform at TTU

Composer, musician, author and satirist Peter Schickele will join the renowned Lark Quartet in a performance at Tennessee Technological University on Wednesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Schickele, the host of "Schickele Mix" on Public Radio International and possibly best known for discovering the "lost" works of P.D.Q. Bach, is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music.

Schickele's compositions number well over 100 and include work for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television. His commissions include works for the National Symphony, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Audubon and the Lark Quartet.

Peter Schickele is possibly better known to the general public as the man responsible for discovering the lost works of the fabled genius P.D.Q. Bach, the 21st son of the great composer J.S. Bach. P.D.Q. composed many brilliant works such as the "P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and other Musical Assaults," "Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities," "WTWP-Classical Talkity-Talk Radio," and "Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion," all of which won Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album from 1990-1993.

Although Schickele no longer tours the work of P.D.Q. Bach, he continues to present both old and new discoveries of his music at Carnegie Hall each December.

Schickele will be performing with the Lark Quartet: Diane Pascal on violin, Jennifer Orchard on violin, Danielle Farina on viola and Astrid Schween on cello. In September 1998, Schickele and the Lark Quartet released the CD "Schickele on a Lark."

The Lark Quartet has established its reputation with audiences and critics as an ensemble of the highest artistic integrity and versatility as it approaches its 16th season in 2000-2001.

From commissioning the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning musical composition 'musica instrumentalis' -- by Aaron Jay Kernis -- to recently signing their second 6-CD contract with Arabesque Recordings, and from performing concerti for solo string quartet and orchestra with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra to recording the soundtrack for Bill T. Jones's Still/Here, the Lark Quartet balances traditional repertoire, new commissions and rediscoveries.

The Lark Quartet has appeared at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria at the invitation of Gidon Kremer, the Beethoven Festival at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow under the direction of Sviatoslav Richter, the Musicades Festival in Lyon, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Northern Germany, and at Mexico's San Miguel de Allende Music Festival.

The Quartet has won the Walter F. Naumburg Award, the Gold Medal in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition, and top prize in the London International String Quartet Competition, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in Australia, the Paolo Borciani Competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Karl Klingler Competition in Munich and the Banff Competition in Canada. The concert is part of the university's Center Stage series, designed to enhance students' understanding and engagement with the fine arts or world culture. Admission is free, but students are given priority if seating is limited.