An intriguing mix of custom-made instruments creates a unique sound

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) present the Cordis Quartet who are performing at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30.

The group expands the boundaries of chamber music by performing with a combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments creating a signature sound.

”When the committee first met to consider the group and listen to their music, they sat up a little in their seats and said, ‘that isn’t quite what we were expecting,’ ” said VRCFA Director Joe Patti.

Although the ensemble is built upon traditional chamber music using the cello (Jeremy Harman), concert cimbalom, similar to the Appalachian hammered dulcimer, (Richard Grimes), piano (Brian O’Neill) and percussion (Andrew Beall), they have created original one-of-a-kind instruments for a unique sound.

The electric mbira, melodica and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box are used in part of their performance creating unique 21st Century chamber music.

Tickets range from $40.50 to $42.75 for regular admission, $38.50 to $40.50 for seniors 60 and over, and 32.25 to $36.50 for students 18 and younger or with student ID. Family and group discounts are available.

Tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41868 or any Ticketmaster Outlet, or by calling 740-351-3600. For more information, go to http://www.sopaa.org.

Cordis is sponsored by the Scioto Foundation. The 2013-14 season at the Vern Riffe Center is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shawnee State University Development Foundation, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.

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