CAS presents Turtle Island Quartet

For immediate release: April 1, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Turtle Island Quartet, the winner of two Grammy awards for best classical crossover album, will be featured in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Celebrity Artist Series Saturday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The program, “Love Supreme: A Concert for the Soul,” will explore the musical legacy of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. BU’s Husky Singers will join the quartet for two spirituals.

The Turtle Island Quartet members are:

  • David Balakrishnan, violin and baritone violin, the quartet’s founder who graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in music composition.
  • Mark Summer, cello, a founding member of Turtle Island Quartet who is regarded as one of today’s outstanding cellists.
  • Mads Tolling, violin, who received Denmark’s Sankt Annie’s Award for Musical Excellence and regularly tours and records with the bassist Stanley Clarke.
  • Jeremy Kittle, viola, Turtle Island’s newest member, who was named U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2000 and Junior National Champion of 1998 and 1999.

Turtle Island Quartet, founded in 1985, fuses classical quartet and contemporary American musical styles. “Love Supreme: A Concert for the Soul” continues the quartet’s tradition of using the string quartet form to shed new light on American jazz masters. Their recording of “A Love Supreme” captured their second Grammy.

General admission for the BU show is $29, and tickets can be purchased at the Haas Center box office Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday's box office hours are extended to 7 p.m. when school is in session. On performance days, box office hours are noon to 8 p.m.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.