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UCA invites Ivalas Quartet as artist-in-residence

Aimée McAnulty, Tiani Butts, Reuben Kebede and Pedro Sánchez.

By: Hannah Phillips
Office of Media Relations

The University of Central Arkansas will continue its artist-in-residence program with the Ivalas Quartet Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Events are free and open to the public.

The Ivalas Quartet will have a public concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall. 

Thursday events include a presentation of “The Power of Voice” at the amphitheater from 1:40-2:30 p.m. They will host a string quartet masterclass from 3-5 p.m., a solo instrument masterclass from 7-8:30 p.m., and a discussion from 8:45-9:30 p.m. These events are in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall.

In addition, the Ivalas Quartet will visit Conway High School to present a private performance for students. 

“Since 2009, the UCA artists-in-residence program has brought eight world-class string quartets to campus to work with our students,” said Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the UCA College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “We expect the Ivalas Quartet, known for performing the music of BIPOC composers, will inspire our students to seek out new music and explore diverse perspectives.”

Founded in 2016, the Ivalas Quartet is composed of violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty and cellist Pedro Sánchez. Ivalas is the graduate quartet in residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder and advocates for the classical music industry by amplifying BIPOC voices.

Ivalas has worked with artists, including Calidore String Quartet, Imani Winds, Danielle Belen, David Ying, and Patricia Terry-Ross. In 2020, Ivalas was a young artist quartet at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference.

Ivalas won the 2019 WDAV Young Artists Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition. They were a semifinalist group in the M-Prize competition and Concert Artists Guild competition in New York. 

For additional information or to view some events via live stream, visit CAHSS artists-in-residence