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01/28/94

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Muir Quartet recording to benefit Environmental Law Program

STANFORD -- Stanford Law School's program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law has been chosen to receive the profits from the latest recording issued by EcoClassics.

The compact disc features the Muir String Quartet playing two Beethoven string quartets - Opus 132 in A minor and Opus 133, Grosse Fuge. An earlier EcoClassics release by the Muir Quartet received enthusiastic reviews in the American Record Guide and major newspapers.

The recording aiding the Stanford program is the third release from the non-profit EcoClassics company. EcoClassics is dedicated to the production of classical CDs for the benefit of nature, with 100 percent of the net profits donated to conservation organizations.

Stanford's Environmental and Natural Resources Law program is an innovative, interdisciplinary undertaking based at Stanford Law School. One of its major projects - "Common Ground for the Environment" - is designed to foster cooperative relationships between businesses, environmentalists and policymakers.

EcoClassics has been featured in the New York Times and other publications for the quality of its musical offerings as well as its imaginative mode of supporting the environment. EcoClassics is affiliated with the Montana Arts Foundation, a tax-exempt umbrella organization.

The Muir String Quartet has been widely respected for more than a decade. It received first prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1980 and won the Naumberg Chamber Music Award in 1981. In residence at Boston University since 1983, the group has been honored with two Grand Prix du Disques and the Gramophone Award.

EcoClassics CDs, including the Muir Quartet recording benefiting the Stanford program, can be obtained for $15 at record stores or by writing EcoClassics, P.O. Box 6834, Holliston, MA 01746; the number for phoning or faxing is (508) 429-6977. All EcoClassics productions are packaged in biodegradable cardboard sleeves.

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