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February 12, 2004|By Tim Smith

Artemis String Quartet

The Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet has built an enviable reputation for brilliant music-making and imaginative programming. You can get a taste of both attributes tomorrow night, when the ensemble visits College Park.

Any opportunity to hear music by Leos Janacek is welcome. The Artemis players have selected his Quartet No. 2, subtitled "Intimate Letters," a remarkably autobiographical work from 1928 that reveals the Czech composer's unabashed, if unrequited, love for a much younger woman. It's a very hot score. Also on the program will be the Suite del Angel from the 1960s by the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, whose colorful, tango-infused style was one of the most distinctive additions to 20th-century music. To round things off, the concert offers a masterwork by Schubert, the moody, poetic D minor Quartet known as Death and the Maiden.

The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. Tickets are $30. Call 301-405-2787.

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