Kontras String QuartetMontreat College will host a free concert by the highly acclaimed Kontras String Quartet on February 23 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Prodigal on the Montreat campus. Admired for their virtuosity, vibrancy and energy, the Kontras String Quartet is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought after chamber groups. “Kontras,” which means “contrasts” in Afrikaans, is a fitting name for the unique ensemble comprised of artists from four different parts of the world: Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. It is this wonderful diversity that informs the group’s interest in music from Russia, South Africa, Japan, and the U.S. (the quartet members’ home countries), and inspires Kontras to present the traditional quartet literature in a new and unexpected light.

Formed while the group’s members were string principals in the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra, the Kontras Quartet has made television appearances on NBC and PBS, can be heard on classical radio stations nationwide, and recently performed on the main stage of MerleFest, the biggest bluegrass festival in the world.

The concert is part of an ongoing concert series sponsored by the Montreat College Friends of Music, an auxiliary organization of the college which sponsors quality music performances for the educational benefit of Montreat students and the enjoyment of the local community.

Montreat’s Chapel of the Prodigal is located at 358 Texas Rd., Montreat, NC 28757. Admission is free (though donations are welcome), and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit www.kontrasquartet.com.