NIU’s world-class Avalon String Quartet will perform works of Shih-Hui Chen, Shostakovich and Beethoven, Tuesday, January 30 at 8 p.m.  Admission is free of charge.

The concert is the first of four this year for NIU’s quartet-in-residence, and will be held at the Recital Hall, NIU, School of Music, 550 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb.

The quartet will perform “Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom” by Shui-Hui Chen, “Quartet no. 10” by Dmitri Shostakovich, and “Quartet Op. 59 No. 3 in C Major” by Ludvig van Beethoven.

Their next concert in DeKalb will be April 26, in the Recital Hall and starting at 8 p.m.  The quartet will perform a work of Shostakovich in each concert of the season, as well as music of Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, and several contemporary composers.

The Avalon String Quartet also maintains a concert series at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), as part of a partnership between The AIC and NIU.  Each performance will make a connection to traveling exhibits, and remaining shows are Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in Fullerton Hall at the AIC, 111 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, March 25 and May 13.

Members of the Avalon String Quartet are Blaise Magnière, violin; Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; and Cheng-Hou Lee, cello.