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The Da Vinci Quartet returns to Packard Hall at Colorado College this Friday night with "Pastoral Places" -- a concert of natural themes featuring both classic and contemporary pieces.

The program will begin with Franz Josef Haydn's Quartet in D major, Op. 50, No. 6 "The Frog," a four-movement piece that ends, as the title suggests, with a barrage of rollicking croaks.

Contemporary composer David Colson's piece "Water's Edge" will be the centerpiece of the evening, with Colson on hand to give a personal introduction to his work. Colson, a music teacher at California State University in Chico, describes the three types of music in the piece as "dark and melancholy, with periodic interruption of dissonant music; fast, angular material" and "string harmonics as a backdrop for short melodic phrases that are exchanged between the quartet members." The piece was first performed in 1998.

The final piece for the evening will be Antonin Dvorak's darkly romantic String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106, a lesser-known 40-minute piece composed in Prague in the late 19th century after Dvorak paid a brief visit to the United States.

-- Noel Black

capsule The Da Vinci Quartet performs "Pastoral Places"

Packard Hall at Colorado College (on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street)

Fri., Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

$15 for adults, free for students

389-6606; www.dvq.org

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