‘Great Romantic Quartets’ to be performed March 23 at EC

A concert of string chamber music titled “Great Romantic Quartets: Mendelssohn and Dvorak” will be performed at 2 p.m. March 23 in the Chapel at Eureka College, 300 E. College Ave.

The program will include “String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 44 No. 2” by Felix Mendelssohn and “String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Opus 96 (The American)” by Antonin Dvorak.

Musicians will include cellist David Commanday, who is Eureka College artist-in-residence and artistic director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Joining Commanday will be violinist Sarah Gentry, Illinois State University professor of violin and concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; violinist Elizabeth Rust, assistant concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; and violist Diane Wuthrich, principal viola of the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling (309) 467-6301.

Additional information about the musicians

Gentry has held concertmaster positions with Opera Illinois, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and Sugar Creek Music Festival and was associate concertmaster for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000. She is a faculty member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival.

Rust is a teacher and professional musician in orchestral and chamber music who has been performing with the primary orchestras of central Illinois for more than a decade. She is associate concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Wuthrich is a teacher, orchestral player and chamber musician who has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the country and currently performs with Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She is a faculty member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival.

Commanday is engaged in the development of string instruction and expanded arts programming at Eureka College. He inaugurated and directed the first annual Eureka College Summer Arts Festival in 2013. He is known in Illinois for his chamber music collaborations as cellist with visiting artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Matt Haimovitz and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.