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An illustrious string quartet loses its inner voice

We are sad to report the death of Mary Ruth Ray, viola player of the Lydian String Quartet and a teacher at Brandeis for 33 years. She had been struggling with cancer for many months and was 56 at her untimely death. In her dying weeks she was comforted by a flood of warm messages from pupils, colleagues and music-lovers on a specially-created Facebook support page.

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Here’s a faculty appreciation.


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  1. Nelson Armitano says:

    Silly, but why am I under the impression that it is usually the viola player in a quartet that passes on first? … Amadeus, Tak√°cs, Alban Berg, Budapest … it happens too many times! RIP, Ms Ray.

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