Dayton native Melia Watras will soon be returning to the Miami Valley for two performances with the critically-acclaimed Corigliano Quartet, of which she is a founding member. The string quartet, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano, will perform in Yellow Springs on Sunday, March 21, and again at the University of Dayton on Monday, March 22.
Melia, a graduate of Colonel White High School, also served as chair in the viola section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Dayton Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. After high school, she attended Indiana University, where she co-founded the Corigliano Quartet in 1996. The group has since performed in many of the nation’s leading music centers. In fact, Corigliano himself has said that this quartet is “truly one of the great quartets of the new generation.” Anything but average, the Corigliano Quartet is dedicated to presenting new American music as well as the standard classical repertoire. To preview their performance, check out the audio clips at http://www.coriglianoquartet.com.
The Chamber Music Yellow Springs performance will be held Sunday, March 21, at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church (314 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs). Tickets are $18 ; $6 for students. For more info, call 937-374-8800.
The University of Dayton Arts Series performance will be held on Monday, March 22, at 8 pm in Sears Recital Hall on the UD campus. Tickets are $14; $8 for seniors, University faculty, staff and alumni, and non-University of Dayton students, $5 for University of Dayton students. For more info, call 937-229-2545 or 937-229-2787.
Photo from http://www.coriglianoquartet.com.