The Des Moines Symphony Academy Quartet, this year's 1st place winners, performed two works onstage in the Ordway Concert Hall Saturday evening, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. preceding the SPCO concert. They played the first movement of Beethoven's Quartet No. 7 in F Major and the second movement of Ravel's String Quartet in F Major.
Chuck Ullery, former first bassoon with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, introduced them and conducted a short interview and question and answer period. They and their coach were also honored at a reception following the concert, sponsored by the competition committee of the Friends of the SPCO.