Litton Quartet Opens Sound Choices Season

Posted on 9/19/2011 1:06:47 PM

The Litton String Quartet, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s quartet-in-residence through the Department of Music, will present its first concert on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. The concert is part of the Lively Arts’ Sound Choices series and will be performed in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s John Sutton Hall.

The quartet is named in honor of Robin Litton, an IUP alumnus who created an endowment to help fund the quartet. The ensemble includes Stanley Chepaitis and Swana Chepatis, violins; Raul Faure, viola; and Linda Jennings, cello. For this performance, they will be joined by Anastasia Antonacos, piano.

Antonacos, a member of the IUP piano faculty, will perform “Quintet for Piano and Strings,” written by Johannes Brahms in 1862. Among the most beloved and most performed works of chamber music, it manages to combine elements of the piano concerto and the symphony in an intimate and conversational style.

Anastasia Antonacos

Antonacos received her doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington and is marking her second year at IUP. She has presented notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played in locations such as Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places throughout the U.S., including Washington, D.C.

The quartet will also perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Opus 76 No. 1.” Completed in 1797, the set is considered Haydn’s most ambitious chamber works. The first in the last complete set of six quartets from Haydn’s greatest compositional achievements, this piece includes hymn-like movements and a light and animated violin.

Also on the program is Stanley Chepaitis’ “Child’s Play.” A musical depiction of five children’s games, this piece was composed on commission from the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. It premiered at the State Conference in 1997 and subsequently won second prize in the Music Teacher’s National Association Composition contest.

Tickets for the performance are available at the Hadley Union Building or online now. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and children.

For more information about this concert, the Sound Choices series, and other events scheduled by the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

Sound Choices


Litton String Quartet

September 25, 2011
3:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, John Sutton Hall

Faculty recital featuring the Brahms Piano Quintet, Stanley and Swanna Chepaitis (violins), and Linda Jennings (cello) joined by Anastasia Antonacos (piano).

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