Mailed 2/24/97


Upton, NY -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will present a concert featuring the Festetics Quartet and fortepiano performer Maria Rose on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The concert is open to the public and admission is charged.

The Festetics Quartet from Budapest performs on period instruments, combining historical performance techniques with the concert tradition of Hungarian string quartets. Named after a Hungarian family who founded the famous Helikon Music Library, the Festetics Quartet is the only string quartet of its kind in central Europe, and it is quickly earning international recognition. The group has a special affinity to the music of Haydn, who spent a large part of his life in Hungary.

A native of Holland, Maria Rose has become known internationally as a fortepianist with an elegant and personable style. She gives frequent solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the U.S. and Europe and has appeared with orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.

The program for the concert includes Haydn's String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, Nr. 5, "The Lark," Hob. III:63; Mozart's Piano Concerto in E-flat Major No. 14, K 449; and Schubert's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 29 (D.804), "Rosamunde."

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the afternoon of the performance. No seats are reserved, so early arrival assures the best seats. Tickets cost $14 general admission, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students and youths under 18.

For more information about the concert, including any possible cancellation due to inclement weather, call (516)344-3550 for a recorded message. To speak to someone in person, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.