Faculty, staff, students and community members came together in O’Laughlin Auditorium on Thursday evening for a performance by the Euclid Quartet, an ensemble whose four members have ties to four different continents.Jameson Cooper, a violinist from Great Britain, violinist Brendan Shea of the United States, violinist Luis Enrique Vargas of Venezuela and Jaqueline Choi of South Korea collectively collaborate to perform classical music across the globe. The quartet has played for audiences from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms across the country. The Euclid Quartet is just one of many guest performers that Saint Mary’s hosts every year. Nancy Menk, chair of the music department, explained that groups are chosen based on the influence they will have on the students.“We select groups that will serve as models of excellence for our students and that demonstrate something they can possibly aspire to themselves,” Menk said. “We have some fine young string players on our campus and bringing the Euclid Quartet to Saint Mary’s makes a lot of sense.”While the Euclid Quartet has performed all over the country and world, their home base is located in South Bend at Indiana University South Bend, where the members teach private lessons and coach chamber music.Founded in 1998, the quartet’s name is derived from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of artistic and cultural institutions, according to the group’s website. Highlights of the Euclid Quartet’s career include global recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions. “Bringing them to a different location [Saint Mary’s] welcomes new audiences to our campus and hopefully they will return for more performances down the road,” Menk said. Menk believes these are the types of experiences that strengthen the relationship between Saint Mary’s and the greater South Bend community as a whole. As an advocate for students being able to enjoy the fine arts, Menk said she feels it is important to bring guest performers and speakers to campus whenever possible to expose students to the great variety of talent that exists locally.“Often our students are not aware of the musical artists in our region, and it is often difficult for students to get off campus to attend performances,” Menk said. “Thus, we bring the performances to them.”Tags: Department of Music, ensemble quartet, Euclid Quartet, nancy menk, O’Laughlin Auditorium
New Delhi: Lord’s was painted in red on day two of the Ashes Test between England and Australia. Players from both teams wore commemorative red caps and carried red numbers on their backs while spectators wore red attire. The reason – the inaugural Ruth Strauss Foundation Day. The Ruth Strauss Foundation — with the support of the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Marylebone Cricket Club and Cricket Australia — paid tribute to Ruth on day two of the second Ashes Test. The Ruth Strauss Foundation was founded by former England skipper Andrew Strauss in honour of his wife, who died from a rare form of lung cancer in December at the age of 46. The foundation provides emotional, psychological support to patients and their families going through a similar experience which the Strauss family endured after Ruth’s diagnosis in 2017. Game-used apparel and equipment will be auctioned after the Test, with funds going to support research into rare lung cancers. Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said the Australian men’s Test team were honoured to be taking part in the momentous occasion. “It will be incredible to see Lord’s turned red in honour of Ruth. Ruth hailed from Ballarat and met Andrew while he was playing grade cricket in Sydney. She was well-loved in both countries and I can think of no better occasion to celebrate her life than a day named in her honour during an Ashes Test at Lord’s, which was Andrew’s home ground with England and Middlesex,” Roberts added. The Red Day follows the pattern of select matches which are using a colour to raise awareness in society. The annual Jane McGrath Day during the Sydney Test, which is also the Pink Test, has helped the McGrath Foundation support 75,000 Australian families since 2005 by employing 135 dedicated breast care nurses. There is a Pink ODI played in Johannesburg in South Africa for raising awareness on breast cancer. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights The second day of the Ashes Test in Lord’s was the Red Day.The day marked the inaugural Ruth Strauss Foundation Day.The day is marked to raise awareness on rare forms of lung cancer.