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Albany Museum of Art hosting concert

ALBANY – The award-winning Tesla Quartet, formed at the Julliard School in New York City, will kick off the second annual Willson Chamber Music Series at 4 p.m. today at the Albany Museum of Art.

The series is a collaboration between the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the art museum.

The event is on the 90th birthday of Jane Willson, a longitme supporter of the arts in Georgia, including the Albany Museum of Art.

From 2009 to 2012 the quartet — violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Megan Mason, and cellist Kimberly Patterson — held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where they studied with the world renowned Takacs Quartet.

“I am delighted to feature our first string quartet in the Willson Chamber Music Series. The string quartet is one of the most common chamber ensembles used by composers and the Tesla Quartet is one of the finest young quartets on the classical music scene today,” said Claire Fox Hillard, ASO Music Director.

Tickets are $20 per person and $10 per student with ID. Series subscriptions are $50 per person, $20 per student with ID. A post-concert reception follows the performance. Tickets will be available at the door.

The ASO’s next season concert will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The ASO is celebrating its 50th anniversary season.