Stanislas Sextet to Perform at UW April 29

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The Stanislas Sextet will give a free public performance at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the UW Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall. (Stanislas Sextet Photo)

The Stanislas Sextet will perform music by Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the University of Wyoming. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The French Connection,” performed by Laurent Causse, violin/viola; Rémy Chopinez, violin; John Fadial, violin/viola; Paul Fenton, viola; Jean de Spengler, cello; and Beth Vanderborgh, cello, will be in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall.

The Stanislas Sextet associates the members of the Stanislas Quartet and Fadial and Vanderborgh, both UW Department of Music professors. The sextet first met in Nancy, France, in 1994 and decided to explore the repertoire for string sextets.

In 1996, the group gave its premiere concert in the Salle Poirel in Nancy, followed by a tour of the U.S., which culminated in a critically acclaimed performance -- featuring the first sextet of Brahms -- in Washington, D.C.

Since then, the Stanislas Sextet has performed regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. Between 1997 and 2000, it led the French American Academy of Strings, taking place successively in Mirecourt, the cradle of French string instrument fabrication, and the University of West Virginia. In 2006, the sextet was in residence at the University of North Carolina, alternating master classes with performances in Greensboro and throughout North Carolina. In 2012, the sextet was invited to give concerts and master classes at UW.

The Stanislas Sextet celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 in France, giving several concerts in Nancy and Lorraine, as well as master classes at the Conservatoire de Paris.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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