The Cavani String Quartet opened the twenty-fifth season of Music at Noon: The Logan Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College on September 16, 2014. The performance included the world premiere of a work dedicated to Leslie Curtis, a close friend of the Cavani Quartet and former Penn State Behrend employee. Honoring the memory of Leslie Curtis who was a flutist, Timothy Mauthe (MM 2007) was commissioned to write “Elegy” for flute quintet. Timothy Mauthe is currently completing his DMA at CIM under the guidance of Keith Fitch. He is also serving as the Assistant Director of the Composition Program for the New York Youth Symphony. Joining the Cavani Quartet in the world premiere of “Elegy” was Madeline Lucas (BM 2009; MM 2011), Ensembles Manager at CIM and flutist of Ars Futura and North Coast Winds. Madeline Lucas completed her flute studies with Joshua Smith, principal of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Music at Noon: The Logan Series is a groundbreaking program that provides outstanding chamber music in an informal environment to diverse audiences and since its inception has included musical outreach to a local elementary school. Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers have honored the Logan Series’ unique musical outreach with an Adventurous Programming Award. Kay Logan, who was the principal flutist of the Columbus Symphony for 20 years and is a major arts advocate, founded and generously continues support of the series.