Critically-acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet returns to ASU residency for 2013-14

May 6, 2013

Fresh on the heels of an extremely successful 2012-2013 residency with the Juilliard String Quartet, the ASU School of Music announces the return of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the original quartet to participate in the residency, for 2013-14.

“Without the St. Lawrence String Quartet, we might not have this incredible program today, which is now entering its ninth year,” says ASU faculty Jonathan Swartz, founder and artistic director of the residency. “Their artistic creativity and energy won over the hearts and minds of everyone at ASU and in the community. They helped define what a residency at ASU could be, and we owe a great deal of credit for the overall success of our program to them.” St. Lawrence String Quartet Download Full Image

Lauded as “provocative and brilliant” and “one of the great quartets of our lifetime” by the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s talents are recognized world-wide. They have built a reputation for giving some of the most engaging and electrifying performances.  Their vast repertoire celebrates the masterworks of Haydn and Beethoven, highlights lesser-known works by composers like Martinu, Korngold, and Verdi, and introduces audiences to music of our time.

As Visiting Quartet in Residence, the Grammy-nominated ensemble works with students on themed projects and presents three concerts throughout the year at ASU’s Katzin Concert Hall: Oct. 23, 2013; Jan. 30, 2014; and March 28, 2014.

A subscription for all three concerts is available in a limited release from now until Aug. 1, 2013, for only $55. Single concert tickets are available beginning in August 2013 at $23 for adults, so the subscription represents more than a 20-percent savings. The student ticket rate is announced in August. Visit or contact the box office 480.965.6447 for further information.

Sarah J. Hough


W. P. Carey School graduation to feature prominent business leaders

May 6, 2013

About 2,000 students will graduate from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business this week. The W. P. Carey School is one of the largest and highest-ranked business schools in the nation, with undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA and online MBA programs all ranked top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Graduation ceremonies will feature the president of US Airways, a leader of local nonprofit Chicanos por la Causa, and a group visiting from the school’s prestigious executive MBA program in China.

“We’re excited to see so many of our high-achieving students taking the next step in their lives and careers,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They will join an impressive W. P. Carey School alumni network that’s more than 80,000 strong.” Dean Amy Hillman Download Full Image

About 1,400 students will participate in the undergraduate convocation at 8 a.m., May 9, at Wells Fargo Arena. More than 20 types of business degrees will be awarded. The featured speaker will be J. Scott Kirby, president of US Airways Group, Inc. and US Airways. He oversees the airline’s operations and will receive a distinguished achievement award.

About 600 students will walk the stage at the graduate-level convocation at 5 p.m., May 10, at Wells Fargo Arena. The featured speaker will be Martin Quintana, chief economic development officer for Chicanos por la Causa, Inc., one of the state’s largest nonprofit organizations and one of the largest Latino community-development organizations in the country. Quintana is an alumnus of the W. P. Carey School’s executive MBA program and a member of the school’s Homecoming Hall of Fame. He will also receive a distinguished achievement award.

“We’re also welcoming 32 of the students graduating from the school’s executive MBA program in Shanghai for the graduate-level ceremony here,” says Hillman.

The Shanghai program educates some of the highest-level business and government leaders in China and is ranked top 25 among executive MBA programs worldwide, according to the Financial Times. Past graduates include the chief executive officers of Baosteel and Shanghai Electric, three vice governors of China’s major provinces, six city mayors, the CEO of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, several bank chairmen and the deputy commissioner of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

This spring’s Turken Family Outstanding Graduating Senior is Haipei Chang, a dual major in economics and finance. He is a McCord Scholar, a JPMorgan Chase Scholar and a President Barack Obama Scholar mentor. He also co-founded ASCEND at ASU, a professional organization focused on leadership development and the advancement of Pan-Asians in global business. He has served the community through projects for Ronald McDonald House, the Tempe Adopt-A-Park program and the Phoenix Rescue Mission.