Siloam Springs, Ark (September 12, 1997) - The Amabile (pronounced ah-MAH-bah-lee) Piano Quartet will be presenting a concert Tuesday, Sept. 30 on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The quartet will perform in the JBU Jones Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

"Amabile" is an Italian adverb that means to play with love and affection. Members of Amabile Piano Quartet are pianist Marian Hahn, violinist Martha Caplin, violist Kathleen Mattis and cellist Lisa Lancaster.

These four women collaborate to present an evening of intense and colorful music. A recent review describes the quartet as being "not just amazing technicians, but vibrant musicians. They offer a great warmth on stage; they are open and intense with their emotions."

The concert will include the "Piano Quartet" by Turin; "Passacaglia" for violin and piano by Handel Halvorsen; and Brahm's "Piano Quartet in A Major."

One member of the quartet is not a stranger to Siloam Springs. Cellest Lancaster spent her early childhood in Siloam Springs. She played her first recital at age 7 on the campus of JBU.

Lancaster is a graduate of Julliard School. She has performed as the featured soloist at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and the Symphony Hall in Boston. Lancaster has also performed and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall the last two seasons.

Pianist Hahn made her Carnegie debut as a concert artists guild winner. She as appeared in New York recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and the Merkin Concert Hall. Hahn is also a graduate of the Julliard School and is currently on the piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Caplin, who is the quartet's violinist, has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for many years, often appearing as concertmaster. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has recorded for Koch Classics. Caplin was the founding member of the Primavera String Quartet, which won the Naumburg Award.

The quartet's violist, Mattis, is associate principal violist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed across the United States, as well as been heard as a soloist over National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Company. Mattis is also the principal violist for the Opera Theater of St. Louis.

This concert is funded in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is a non- profit regional arts organization assisted by its six partner state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, the National Endowment for the Arts and private contributors.

The Siloam Springs concert is co-sponsored by the John Brown University Lyceum Series and the Sager Creek Arts Association. For more information call 524-7265.

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