String Quartet Blends Genres in Presidential Lecture and Performance Series

The musicians will perform an array of music, fusing Latin, classical, jazz, hip-hop and improvisational.

Texas Tech University’s Presidential Lecture & Performance Series continues with a performance by the avant-garde string quartet Sweet Plantain  at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Student Union Building’s Allen Theatre.

The musicians will perform an array of music, fusing Latin, classical, jazz, hip-hop and improvisational music to give voice to sounds that are contemporary and multicultural.

Eddie Venegas, violinist and founder of Sweet Plantain, said the style of this particular string quartet is rare because most string quartets showcase classical music.

“Sweet Plantain changes things around,” Venegas said. “It’s a sophisticated way to integrate popular music with a different background. It’s hard to find.”

Celloist Rubin Kodheli, violist Orlando Wells, violinist Joe Deninzon and violinist Earl Maneein will perform. The diverse group originates from New York, Russia and Venezuela.

General admission tickets for the concert are $18 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations. Call (806) 770-2000 or visit www.selectaseat.com.

Texas Tech students receive one free ticket with a valid student ID at the Student Union Building information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre.

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CONTACT: Jo Moore, administrator, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700, or jo.moore@ttu.edu.