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Renowned Russian string quartet to perform in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Music Society’s Virtuoso Series brings the distinguished St. Petersburg String Quartet to the Bob Burton Center on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. At this concert, the quartet will be joined by its long-time friend and collaborator, pianist Mack McCray.

Founded as the Leningrad Quartet by its current first violinist, Alla Aranovskay and cellist Leonid Shukaev, the St. Petersburg Quartet is one of Russia’s leading ensembles. The quartet is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year, and this concert will showcase its critically acclaimed ensemble skills with works by composers Borodin, Ravel and Dvorak.

“The sound from a string quartet is intimate because of its smaller size, with a sonorous advantage over the full symphony orchestra - each instrument has the chance to be fully heard in all of its resonance,” said Brenda Montiel, President of Fallbrook Music Society. “The St. Petersburg String Quartet has a masterful, warm tone, their presentation is seamless, and their musical insight is flawless,” she added.

The St. Petersburg Quartet has blazed a trail through chamber music circles. Audiences from Toronto to Tokyo, from Lithuania to London, and in music halls across the United States have given the St. Petersburg Quartet standing ovations. The group’s rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, and a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Pianist Mack McCray has appeared as soloist with numerous national and international orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, and with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Leon Fleisher and Arthur Fiedler.

This concert is supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This concert provides a rare opportunity for North County residents to hear the unparalleled sounds of this quartet and pianist in the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane.

Tickets are available by calling Fallbrook Music Society’s box office at (760) 451-8644 or online at


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