An Evening of Music by Unique String Quartet Planned

Jazz music and string instruments typically do not go together, unless you happen to be the Turtle Island Quartet. Fortunately, the Oklahoma State University community will have the opportunity to see how the two pair together on March 7 at 8 p.m. as Turtle Island Quartet takes the stage to awe its audience.

Formed in 1985, Turtle Island Quartet became the first string quartet to achieve artistic and commercial success integrating jazz improvisation, jazz rhythms and comping using extended techniques.  Since then, it has amassed a repertoire of hundreds of songs spanning genres from folk to bluegrass to rock and earned GRAMMY Awards in 2006 and 2008.  Most recently it received a GRAMMY nomination in 2015 for Best Classical Compilation for “Mike Marshall and the Turtle Island Quartet.”

“Turtle Island Quartet is a solid group of musicians that will perform at the highest caliber,” said Brandon Mitts, Arts, Culture and Entertainment manager. “Even though they all play stringed instruments, this quartet will entertain music lovers of all types.”

The group has gained such a prominent reputation as a trendsetter in string chamber music and has collaborated with renowned jazz artists such as clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, pianist Kenny Barron, the classical string quartet Ying Quartet, vocalist Tierney Sutton and several major orchestras.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $10 for OSU students and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 405-744-7509. Tickets will also be available at the Seretean Center Concert Hall the evening of the performance beginning at 6:30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The Turtle Island Quartet performance is the seventh installment in the 2016-2017 OSU Allied Arts series. For decades the OSU Allied Arts office has brought top-notch talent to the Oklahoma State University campus. The Allied Arts office seeks to enrich the lives of students through the arts. Allied Arts will host eight performances during the year. For more information about Allied Arts and Turtle Island Quartet, visit