By Waid Rainey
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The Lydian String Quartet will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artists-in-residence next week.

The residency is highlighted by a free public performance in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The Lydian String Quartet has performed in venues across the United States, including Jordan Hall in Boston; the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; and the Lincoln Center, Miller Theater and Weill Recital Hall in New York. Abroad, the quartet has made appearances in France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Armenia and, most recently, Taiwan.

Dr. Stephen Feldman, professor of Cello, is one of the sponsors of the residency.

“Our string students are inspired by hearing what an elite ensemble is capable of accomplishing, and through the chamber music coachings and masterclasses, they are reminded that they themselves are capable of striving for that level as well,” he said.

Other residency activities, all free and open to the public, include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1:40 p.m., public lecture, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., chamber music masterclass, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., individual masterclasses, Snow Fine Arts Center;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m., performance at Conway High School, 222 Prince St.

According to, since 1980, the quartet has exhibited a mastery of standard and contemporary repertoire and won prizes at many competitions from Canada, France, England, and New York. Besides a heavy concert schedule, the group has recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives, Schubert, Harbison, Hyla and Wyner.

For more information regarding the residency, contact Feldman at 501-450-5754 or

The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information about the program, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at 501-450-3293 or e-mail

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