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Lyric in a Time of War: the American String Quartet with author Phil Klay and poet Tom Sleigh

Music expresses what words cannot, but in addressing the issues of war and healing, the American String Quartet has combined the powers of both by having two award-winning writers take significant roles in the performance "Lyric in a Time of War." This is a full-length classical concert during which author Phil Klay will read from his award-winning book Redeployment and multi-honored poet Tom Sleigh will read from his books of poems, Station Zed and  Army Cats. Together music and the written/spoken word will provide a wonderfully rich and thought-provoking concert on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

The venue for this certain-to-be-memorable event is the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, newly renamed for the late president of SUNY Orange and his widow who enjoyed concerts in Orange Hall including those by ASQ.

Selections from the works of composers Bach, Beethoven, Bartók, Barber, and Shostakovich give a broad view of the classical repertoire played by this internationally acclaimed quartet who engage an audience through each player’s virtuosic skills and warm personalities.

The American String Quartet is the string quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and continues its educational offerings at many residencies throughout the year. Phil Klay won the National Book Award for fiction in 2014 for his first book-length publication, Redeployment , a collection of short stories.  He was Princeton’s Hodder Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year and was a public affairs officer in the US Marines. Tom Sleigh is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa. In addition to winning an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has also received the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts awards.

Following the concert, a book signing by the two writers will take play in Orange Hall Gallery.

Tickets are available online anytime at: and at the box office starting at 2 p.m. before the performance.

Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; free for all students, who must pick up a ticket at the box office.

Questions may be directed to and (845) 341-4891. Also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs