Renowned string quartet to share variety of sounds at the Shane

Photo courtesy of Dain Rodwell

Steven Ansell, Michael Reynolds, Lucia Lin and Peter Zazofsky are all original members of the Muir String Quartet.

The Muir String Quartet will bring contemporary and classical music to the Shane Lalani for the Arts stage Friday.

Made up of two violins, a viola and a cello, the Muir String Quartet has been touring the country for almost 40 years, receiving a Grammy and other awards and has had a musical residence at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983.

Cello player Michael Reynolds, who is from Montana, said it is a treat to come back to his home state and share his music with everyone.

“Montana audiences are always awesome,” Reynolds said.

The group will perform Hayde n Quartet’s “The Lark,” Gabriela Frank’s “Leyendas,” and Dvorak Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, B. 180.

Reynolds said the music in the performance differ quite a bit.

Joseph Hayden was the father of classic string music, which he explained is quite clean and polite.

While “Leyendas” is much more contemporary and is based on music of Andian culture, Reynolds said.

“You really have to go to a different place in your head,” he said.

Karen Dreyfus will also join the group for some of the music as the guest violinist.

“It is so beautiful to add that extra violin in there,” Reynolds said.

Dreyfus has performed nationally and internationally as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Dulcie Threatre in Shane Center.

Tickets to this special concert are $27 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students, and are available at For more information, call the Montana Chamber Music Society at 585-9551.