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The Calder Quartet will perform at Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. A Center Stage event, the show is free and open to the public.

The Calder is the resident string quartet of the graduate program at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and it has created a sensation with its combination of traditional chamber music and avant-garde.

Members include violinists Ben Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violist Jonathan Moerschel and cellist Eric Byers.

Formed in 1998, the Calder Quartet made its professional debut at the Aspen Festival, performing music by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer Christopher Rouse.

The group has since been the subject of a major feature article and documentary film by the Los Angeles Times, and it has been featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today.

It has also collaborated with author Frank McCourt on setting to music his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angela’s Ashes and made a sold out debut in New York City’s Schneider Concert Series in November 2003.

The quartet takes its name from American sculptor and mobile artist Alexander Calder, of whose work Sartre said, “His one aim is to create chords and cadences of unknown movements. His mobiles are at once lyrical inventions, technical, almost mathematical combinations and the perceptible symbol of Nature.”

For more information about the group, visit its web site at